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Education system in India is rich oriented: Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar demanded that students should be given more than two chances to clear the entrance examination for the IITs

Press Trust of India  |  Jamshedpur 

Describing the education system in the country as 'rich-oriented', founder of Patna-based 'Super 30' Anand Kumar strongly advocated that the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) of professional institutions should be based on natural talent and creativity rather than the prevailing system.

Opposing the two-tier entrance examination of the IIT, he said even the top 20 percentile system of the engineering institute was wrong as it prevents a level playing field for the meritorious students, who fail to be among top-20 percentile scorers in class XII exams of their respective boards.

Kumar also demanded that students should be given more than the existing two chances to clear the entrance examination for the IITs.

He also ridiculed the system of application charges for applying online (Rs 600) and offline (Rs 1,000) for IITs.

Such system would only prevent the opportunity for meritorious students living in remote rural pockets without any access to internet facility, he said.

The education system at the school level needs to be revamped on priority basis as government schools in rural areas of the country is in bad shape, said Kumar, who was in the steel city to participate in XLRI's flagship annual business summit 'Ensemble 2013'.

Referring to Super-30, Kumar said he was planning to expand the capacity as well as online facility to reach out more and more under-privilege students in India and abroad from next year without compromising with its quality.

"I have plans to increase the capacity of the school from prevailing 30 students in but did not have any plan to open its branches in other parts of the country at the moment," he said.

First Published: Sun, November 17 2013. 18:15 IST