IIT professors are critical to the JEE admission process. Eventhough they have agreed to the new change taken in the exam style, but still they have some objections with the decision.
Recently, the mode of the JEE question paper has changed from subjective to objective style question paper. Some faculties are against the change. In their opinion, the new system is forcing students to undergo coaching from as early as Class 6.
Another point raised by them is talent can come from any place. It is ideal to get raw talent from any part of the country, rather than urban students who go through the grueling coaching process to eliminate answers.
Subjective paper is the right way to test students. With an objective paper you don’t know if the student has chosen the right answer by fluke or by reasoning.
To judge how student’s mind works one should know how the student arrives to conclusion says T S Natarajan, organizing chairman for JEE.
Earlier, a few more had made similar voices have somehow accepted the new system. They have made a compromise in a way. Faculty members would love to have a subjective paper, but that could also mean subjective evaluation. And, in a world of RTI activism we cannot have that. This is what S K Das, IIT-Madras academic research dean has to say.
One of the reasons the current system is accepted is that even faculty who are willing to evaluate subjective papers may not be willing to take the risk in today’s world where a mistake would become big news. “It will be trending on social media if one mistake is made.
Others are not so sure the type of testing matters. V G Idichandy, professor emeritus at IIT-Madras, who as dean of students spoke out against the quality of students that the coaching system was pushing into the IITs in 2008, said, “Regardless of whether the test is objective or subjective,the toppers will be the same.But,the selection process need not stop with just a test. It could involve other facets of a student’s life, like what kind of social work the student has been involved in, or other curricular and co-curricular activities,” Idichandy said.
Many in IIT feel that the current selection process is filtering out some bright minds while giving seats to some others who cannot keep up with the academic rigour. A more holistic process may be needed, they say.