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Infosys Chairman Emeritus N.R Narayana Murthy addressing hundreds of IITians in ‘Pan IIT Summit’ in New York has said IITs have to rethink on their selection process. He had expressed concerns on the current selection method which IITs are practicing currently, he said coaching institutes take the bigger pie in sending ineligible candidates for the IITs. Students who can master problems and practice books given to them by these coaching Institutes can clear the IITJEE. Unfortunately these students only possess knowledge on problems which are taught in their coaching Institutes.
Unlike IIMs which have a rigorous selection process, such as CAT Score, Group Discussion & Personal Interview. IITs merely admit students based on the IITJEE score, this leaves loop holes for selection into IITs. A students is assessed only one parameter the written test (IITJEE), deserving students who have extra curricular and talent beyond books have no scope if the IITJEE wasn’t good for them.
Recently IITs are in the process of doing away with the old methodology i.e IITJEE and are moving pawns to create a test which will take academics, extra curricular activities into consideration (similar to SAT). The new SAT like entrance test might help solve the problems on the other side ex IITians have started a protest against the government’s proposal of doing away with IITJEE.
So what are your views, do IITs need to change the selection process?
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