After UPSC announced that it would grant two additional chances to aspiring candidates for clearing Civil Service Examinations, demands for a similar mechanism in the IIT-JEE has been coming from various quarters. Echoing these demands on behalf of engineering aspirants across the country, Anand Kumar of the Super 30 fame says that IIT-JEE candidates should be given similar privileges as well.
JEE happens to be a national level qualifying entrance examination for engineering and architect aspirants – one that serves as the gateways to some of India’s top technical education hubs like the IITs and NITs.
Speaking his mind on the issue, Kumar said, “This (extra chance) shall be extended to Joint Entrance Examination.” Apparently, he is of the opinion that such extra chances could be immensely beneficial for students from underprivileged or weaker background sections in rural India, reports OneIndia.
“They don’t get the advantage of quality schooling and often start off their preparations late. More opportunities will help reduce the urban-rural divide so that bright students from rural areas come forward. It will be injustice to IIT aspirants with just two chances,” he added.
Kumar is a mathematician who has earned numerous awards across the world for helping poor students crack the IIT-JEE by providing them free coaching and lodging facilities.
“Now that Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has raised number of chances to six for general category students, nine for OBC candidates and unlimited for SC / ST candidates, it is important for the JEE board to think on similar lines,” he said.
Kumar had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal to have a discussion on the issue.