HYDERABAD: While eminent educationist and MLC Chukka Ramaiah, whose name is synonymous with IIT-JEE coaching in the state, has welcomed the central government’s move to introduce ISEET (Indian Science Engineering and Eligibility Test) in place of IIT-JEE and AIEEE from 2013, the Government Junior College Lecturers Association leaders strike a different note, saying it will spell a doom to the future of students studying in rural government colleges.
After the state education ministers’ conference in New Delhi, Union minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal decided to introduce ISEET in March 2013 despite demands from some states for its introduction in 2014.
Supporting the Centre’s move, Ramaiah said the proposed pattern would develop logical and reasoning skills among students and check the habit of mugging which is in practice at corporate educational institutions.
“The present pattern of engineering entrance tests in the country encouraged learning by rote.
Corporate educational institutions used this method to help students grab ranks and thus improve on their business year after year.
Teachers used to teach the material prepared by these institutions which almost killed logical thinking in students,” he said and felt the Centre’s move would further check the corporate education system in the state.
The common national engineering entrance test demands more expert faculty to teach the subjects which would further strengthen the classroom teaching in the state, he said.
“ISEET examination pattern will not put rural students at any disadvantage as rural students have better reasoning skills than urban students.’’ Government Junior College Lecturers Association general secretary P Madhusudan Reddy said 40 per cent weightage to Intermediate or 10+2 class marks in ISEET would spell a doom to rural students who usually score less than students of private colleges.
The test of comprehension in the Main examination may restrict the entry of rural Telugu medium candidates to national institutions, he contended.On this apprehension, Ramaiah said language would not be a barrier to rural or Telugu medium students