Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has asked union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to have a re-look at his move to transform existing eligibility criteria for the IIT joint entrance examination, saying that the new proposal will discriminate against students with poor socio-economic status.
In a letter faxed to Sibal, Kumar said that such proposals would favour students with elite background and discriminate against students with poor socio-economic status and that any examination system should be inclusive. He further said that any change in the existing examination system will have far reaching consequences, which is unwarranted.
It may be mentioned that Sibal had propounded a new proposal whereby a student would have to secure at least 80 per cent marks in the class 12 Board examinations instead of 60 per cent required to appear for the IIT-JEE.
Kumar said that the proposal would have adverse impact on students coming from backward regions.
“In the existing system, larger pool of students with different socio-economic background are able to appear in the entrance examination. This explains better performance of students from backward regions in the IIT examination,” he added.