Chairman of Prime Minister's Scientific Advisory Council C.N.R. Rao at a recent CII meet:
"The concept of examination has killed the spirit of innovation among students. Every year, IITs conduct entrance examination and students are exhausted by the time they successfully complete them. They tend to lead a retired life for the next four years (course duration). Where is the scope for innovation? Examinations should only be incidental," Rao, who is also chairman of IITs, said.
Read the last few words in the quote again: "[he] is also chairman of IITs." Let's see if he will carry his message to the IITs as well.
Here's another report on the same event emphasizing a different part of Prof. Rao's speech where he asks industrialists to set up private universities.
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... [P]eople have begun asking: what do the JEE and other exams achieve? Are they necessary?
Granted, the institutions wish to have a means of filtering and choosing 5,000 from over 2,00,000, and a common entrance exam is the time-tested method. But over the years, the system has been derailed and become a cash-cow for cram schools.
The JEE itself had, until recently, not changed in its pattern; the cram schools have become experts in recognising the pattern and training their students in this `pattern recognition' and answer the exam at speed.