In order to reduce the influence of coaching centres, the HRD ministry is coming with a mobile app and a portal containing free lectures given by IIT faculty and question papers of the last fifty years for all joint entrance examinations (JEE).
This move comes after half a dozen students committed suicide in Kota, which is known as the coaching capital of India.
Considered as the most elite educational institution, the entrance examination of IIT (JEE) is tough and requires proficiency more than the XII syllabus.
“For the first time, the government, in conjunction with the IIT Council, will ensure that the question papers (of JEE) conform to Standard XII syllabus,” said Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource & Development in a report by The Mint.
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“If degree-level questions are asked, we cannot expect a school student to answer,” the Minister added.
She also said the present educational system is forcing students from various school boards to go to places like Kota “to get that knowledge.” In order to excel in such examinations, students often feel pressured and seek outside help. In that sense, the coaching industry in India as a menace, she added.
Keeping the students who have studied in regional languages in mind,
the mobile app, to be released in the forthcoming two months, will also have content in 13 different languages.
Another big problem according to the Minister is the commercialization of education by educational institutions in the private sector.
“We all know that capitation fee is not allowed. We all know that students cannot be harassed in the middle of the academic year to cough up money for which no disclosure was made,” she said in a report by DNA.