Pallavi Singh in Mint: No Govt. Interference in IIT eligibility criteria, says Sibal.
Well, that was that! That 80 percent score in Class XII exams was just a trial balloon from HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. Now that it has backfired badly, he has also backtracked by saying this is the IITs' call.
What is really interesting is the alacrity with which some politicians reacted to Sibal's trial balloon.
Lok Jan Shakti leader Ram Vilas Paswan
UP CM Mayawati
JMM General Secretary Ramesh Hansda
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad
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The best comment I have read so far is from one Aakash Chaudhry, who runs a coaching school. He seems to think that the following line of reasoning supports coaching schools:
"Coaching cannot be eliminated. As long as the IIT-JEE exam exists, there will be need for coaching. Learning in schools alone is insufficient to crack the IIT-JEE. They focus on all-round development and extra-curricular activities, and not just academics. We focus only on academics." [Bold emphasis added].