The Times of India | Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN | Feb 4, 2017 |
NEW DELHI: Considering the enormous pressure students face to crack entrance exams for admission to medical and engineering colleges, the Supreme Court asked the government on Friday to frame guidelines to do away with the present system of a single test deciding their future. Instead, 40% weightage should be given to results of the Board exams and 60% for performance in the entrance exams while shortlisting candidates for admission to such courses, the court said. “It is wrong that the entire future of a student is decided by his/her performance in the entrance examination,” the court said, adding that “we cannot pass an order on the issue and it is for the government to regulate the system and frame the policy”. The bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit also expressed concern over mushrooming of private coaching institutes for entrance tests and asked the Centre to put in place a mechanism to regulate them. The court was hearing a PIL filed by CPM’s student wing SFI, asking the SC to direct regulation of such institutes, which — according to the PIL — “exploit” students and demand exorbitant fees. Agreeing that commercialisation of education must be curbed, the SC, however, said such institutes needed to be regulated, but there couldn’t be a blanket ban on them. Advocate Deepak Prakash, appearing for SFI, contended that the Centre should frame a specific law to regulate the Rs 40,000-crore private coaching business. He said such institutes should be banned as the facilities were being availed only by rich students, putting the poor at a disadvantage.