One Nation, One Test Plan
June 25, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Questioning is an integral part of human nature; questions have always been put forth by the masses and answered by smartasses, whoever they might be. We all choose our smartasses who might, by the faults of nature, turnout to be dumbasses according to an
So Dear Reader, the conclusion we are drawing you towards is that Mahatma Gandhi, Jimi Hendrix, Federico Fellini etc are smartasses who had engaged with questions that were posed and found answers to them. When folk music fans were skeptical about the “Devil’s instrument” or the electric guitar entering the music industry, Jimi Hendrix answered with a question and that question was Are You Experienced? On the other hand, the question plaguing us today, the question of corruption is a little bit perplexing.
This perception can just as well mean that the first questions that were answered are affecting us till today. Like Newton’s third law of motion for example, the one that MTV values. The Law: “When two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these action and reaction forces are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction”. When the world is revolving upon the heads of bald, white haired uncles we prefer to move in the direction of, the simple youthful pleasures of, a young India; our reactions are slightly opposite.
Kapil, not Kapil Dev, Kapil Sibal, the Human Resource Development minister of Bharat, has been answering questions of the youth. He says, “There is a two tier process (for selection of candidates).For IITs, there is a separate process. For other centrally-funded technical institutions, the (selection) process is entirely separate”. However before this quote can be explained you must be warned that Mr. Kapil Sibal has been showing signs of dissociative identity disorder, he had proved to be a feather in the hat of the Congress party for his thoughtful insights in child education but then his personality hopped off onto the path not less travelled. He wanted to censor the internet, which has been educative to many.
Kapil Sibal aims at reaching a decision on his “One Nation, One Test Plan”. The question that is being answered is: Why do IIT students not bother about class 12? In case you’re not a 12th standard student try to remember, back in past, when you did do your class 12, there were some nerds who were bunking more than you to attend JEE tuitions. Indeed Sibal feels for the education system that has been losing its luster because a few rich nerds prefer to go for tuitions instead of attending college, but at the same time he does not want to affect the flight of the only phoenix of Indian Education, the IIT.
The question is not new but posed in the 80’s; it also came under the government’s policy in 1986 but ever since gone kaput. So it is Kapil Sibal’s adopted brainchild but at last we can engage with it. One nation, one test is a good idea as long as it consumes the fodder that has been many a politicians’ diet, the urban rural divide. Hence the second question: Why must only the rich in the metropolitan have access to classes that guarantee them entry into IIT? Kapil Sibal has found an answer to both these questions without hampering the quality of students.
Everyone does their 12th board, a main exam and an advanced exam; even NITs and other centrally funded institutions. Admissions for IIT will be conducted in a different manner, where the board exam is given a 50% weightage and the same goes for the main exam. The few students filtered out by these two criteria will finally be accepted on the merit in the advanced exams. Those who are over marked in their boards do not necessarily get an upper hand, after the ISI (our statistical board) came out with a formula that equates a 70 percent in Jharkand with an 89 percent in Tamil Nadu after equating the first and second toppers from both states. As confirmed by Kapil Sibal, this formula has been tested for four years on different boards, already. Yet IIT Kanpur and Sibal are having their “Splitsvilla” moment while others have agreed to the conclusion.
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