'Change' seems to be operative word for the human resources development (HRD) ministry and before September-end a committee will be constituted to look into possible reforms at the 10+2 level for the science stream. A highly placed source in the HRD ministry informed TOI that the idea is to provide students with an option of studying an advanced level of subjects, so that they do not have to rely on coaching for competitive exams.
The source said, "IITs always used to test students for something beyond the class curriculum, because they are of a higher magnitude of difficulty. In our meetings with the IITs, one of the suggestions that came up was to see if we can provide students with a higher level of science at the 10+2 level. So students who want to crack competitive exams like IIT can take an advanced level of physics, maths etc"
He added that the system would be similar to what CBSE practices with its English subject. "Students can choose 'English Core', which is a basic level or 'English Elective' which is an advanced level. Now the question is can we do it for math and physics also? Certainly not impossible, and if we do manage to do it then the IIT method of testing can be built into the school system itself," the official said.
Students who then want to take a shot at the IITs can choose the advanced level at 10+2, while the others would be spared of learning the advanced topics. In CBSE, students have to choose either one of the core and elective. "One of things the HRD ministry is accused of is that we don't take everyone's opinion. But this idea was something which everyone agreed was worth exploring and hence we have decided to constitute the panel soon," he said.
Also, the option of advanced science level at 10+2 will make the inclusion of board marks for IIT seats consideration more realistic, the HRD official said. However, many in the city feel that the HRD ministry's literal war on coaching classes is a lost cause. Sameer Phale, lecturer at Dr. Ambedkar College (Deekshabhoomi), said, "Earlier, we had only one IIT test, now there are two, basic and advanced, which has increased the pressure on students. To relieve the pressure, students will continue to join coaching classes; hence the entire HRD approach has failed."
Courtesy: Times of India