I am extracting a few sentences from your petition:
"JEE is singularly responsible for accomplishing the brand image of India and the system which has been put into place to conduct the JEE exam should NOT be disturbed and that a group be formed of senior IIT professors who have been associated with the JEE to look into some reforms. "
JEE has undergone reforms several times in the past. The way I took JEE in 1974 was different from the way JEE was conducted last year. The exam process has been changing with changing environment.
We need to talk about the following things:
a. What should be changed?
b. What process should we adopt for identifying it?
c. Who should be involved?
d. How should it be implemented?
Suggestions for change can come from many sources. Why can not the students and their parents ask for a change in JEE system and also suggest what they feel should be done?
They will approach their elected representatives (read politicians) first. Is there anything wrong in it?
I will agree with you that any implementation of change should be done by the IIT community - faculty and administration of IITs. The 'autonomy' of these temples of higher learning should be respected and preserved.
And we must fight for preserving this autonomy of IITs. But we should also be open to listening to everyone else and 'listen as if our life depends upon it'.
The need of the hour is for concerned alumni from all IIT's to:
1-trace the history,
2-share personal Jee experiences,
3-discuss JEE as it was in the past and as it stands now
4-discuss how powerful, coaching institutions have become over the years
5-and how this has resulted in a current crop of students who may not be the most intelligent and creative
6-concerns the academics at IITs have about decline in quality of students
7- the fact that students are stressed & burnt out in the process
8-resulting in poor performance doing a B Tech after selection to IIT's.
There is an urgent need to put our heads to gether and work closely as a team and create a White Paper that will be presented on behalf of IIT Global members to the National advisory Board to be passed on to HRD Ministry...
One requirement from members would be that members will maintain total confidentialty of all exchanges within the group maintaining the integrity of fellow members at all times and bring about a positive contribution that will serve IIT's and the Nation for decades to come.
A commttee will collectively approve membership
IIT Global owner Moderator
This is what I was led to believe in 2005 by friends who are faculty members at IITs and also involved in administering JEE Nation wide
Today in 2012, I believe we are barking up the wrong tree, namely the JEE Coaching schools.
For arguments sake imagine an India without any JEE coaching schools, convince me that IITs would have found better caliber entrants..
Are JEE Coaching schools guilty as accused ?
No one is guilty until a guilty verdict is made by the nation and not by Ramasamy committes instructed to provide a conforming report.
What ever Dr Ramasamys personal credentials how would he know about IIT JEE? . What he knows is what his committee members told him.
Now ask Ramasamy committee members to surface and debate the issue publicly.
I doubt if they will as from experience we know neither Nandan Nilekani nor R.S Sharma will take the challenge to a public debate on Aadhaar.. NN gets extremely disturbed and angry even with people who ask questions.
Is this we call a democracy ?
From: Somnath Bharthi- IITD-
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:07:08 +0530
>Suggestions for change can come from many sources. Why cannot the students and their parents ask for a change in JEE system and also suggest what they feel should be done?
>They will approach their elected representatives (read politicians) first. Is there anything wrong in it?
Advocating for the above is like allowing people aspiring to work for a company to demand a change in the selection process to suit their comfort level….isn’t it too much for the sake of an argument?
More so because, take it from me on oath, no student or parent has reached politicians asking for a change….it is a self-determined drive by MHRD under the direction/tutelage of Hon’ble Minister Kapil Sibal. There were only two ways available for him to put people’s worry at rest, one was to raise the standard of school education to match what it requires to secure a seat in IIT and second was to lower the standard of JEE and second one was opted for.
At this stage, I don’t think the approach opted for will lead us anyway closure to have an effective voice vis-à-vis JEE abolishing decision. The platform is all set and no less than a court’s intervention would do anything desirable. Another approach or a simultaneous drive should be to obtain opinion of top 500 CEOs of the world vis-à-vis their worry on the expected compromise of the quality of output because of JEE being done away with.
In the guise of welfare state which was propounded by Nehru and his likes, the govt is having its way without owning any responsibility, whatsoever, as to the possible outcomes if they go wrong.
Let the minister file an affidavit that the decision taken to abolish JEE will bring out enumerated benefits and to substantiate his claims enough homework has been done and all the stakeholders were consulted.
SOFT BLOWS WILL BE OF NO USE AND AT THE MOST WILL BE AN INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE FOR WHICH WE WOULD NO LONGER BE KNOWN FOR IN VIEW OF CBSE MANAGED NEW JEE.
Somnath Bharti, Advocate
Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court
From: Yogesh Andlay -IITD Alumnus
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:25:23 +0530
To: Ram Krishnaswamy-IITM
Thank you very much for your detailed response. I am happy to learn that all of us have one common passion - to preserve the IIT and see them scaling new heights.
I was not aware of the past work.
We also desire a dialog with Ramaswamy committee and others experts. We should "talk to them" instead of "talking about them".
With these thoughts we requested the community to send us questions that they would like to ask.
Help us make a battery of these questions and then we will invite all the stakeholders including Ramaswamy committee and experts to discuss them in a discussion forum.
Look forward to your support.