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The Forum for Fairness in Education, along with nine parents, has challenged in Bombay high court the new format of the competitive entrance exam to join engineering colleges, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The new format, proposed by the HRD ministry, comprises one national competitive exam that is made of the JEE-main, followed by a JEE-advanced exam.
Terming the new process of selecting candidates unfair, the petition stated that every student must be allowed to sit for both exams and the new format of the exam must not be implemented in 2013. In the new format, every student has to take the JEE-main exam and the advanced exam, to join the IITs can be taken only by the top 20% candidates. Stating that the decision to make only 20 percentile from each board eligible for the entrance test as arbitrary, discriminative and unreasonable, the petitioners said marks and competitiveness across boards cannot be equated. The petitioners stated that the process must be set aside and the upcoming exam in 2013 must follow the same pattern as the Joint Entrance Exam 2012. The petition states that denying a student the right to appear for the JEE Advanced exam would not constitute a fair and transparent common admission process. The petitioners said most students start preparing for competitive exams after class X and 2013 would be too early for students to adapt to the new format of the exam.
Courtesy: Times of India
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