Damn the Board exams(India)

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Board exams are not a measure of one's intelligence, they are just to test your memory. Read comments of IITians, newspaper articles as supporting evidence. Board exams can destroy India's economy as most of the students will be less smarter than their foreign counterparts. IITians are smarter than most of other students because the selection procedure of IITs is analytical & logical. That's why engineers are in majority in top B-schools.

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PREFACEPEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS FAILED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ENTRANCE EXAMS ARE. ENTRANCE EXAMS REQUIRE ANALYTICAL ABILITY & HIGH LEVEL REASONING ABILITY. BOARDS REQUIRE ONLY MEMORY - IF U DON'T AGREE WITH THIS, THEN U DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FACT & A CONCEPT. PERHAPS U R A MUGGER! GO THRU THIS & U'LL KNOW Y MORE THAN 70% IIMites R ENGINEERS FROM IITs, BITS, NITs, DCE etc. TELL US Y THE PERCENTAGE OF IITians IN TOP B-SCHOOLS LIKE ISB,IIMs AND FOREIGN B-SCHOOLS LIKE KELLOG, WHARTON IS MORE THAN DELHI UNIVERSITY STUDENTS? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE - DU STUDENTS WERE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF THEIR MUGGING SKILLS & IITians ON THE BASIS OF ANALYTICAL ABILITY. THIS DOES NOT COMPLETELY RULE OUT THAT DU STUDENTS AREN'T INTELLIGENT. COMPANIES GO FOR CAMPUS SELECTION TO THOSE INSTITUTES WHICH HAVE DIFFICULT SELECTION PROCEDURES. AIEEE & BITSAT ALSO REQUIRE ANALYTICAL ABILITY. FIRST YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT IIT-JEE & OTHER ENTRANCE EXAMS ARE & THEN READ COMMENTS OF SOME PEOPLE FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA WEBSITE. THE LAST PART IS HIGHLY INTERESTING. THE SYLLABI OF ENTRANCE EXAMS R ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FROM BOARDS MOST TOPICS ARE FROM BSc & MSc BUT THEIR LEVEL IS SUCH THAT EVEN DEANs OF MOST UNIVERSITIES CANT SOLVE THEM. OBVIOUSLY, MOST SCHOOL TEACHERS CANT. PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT IIT-JEE SHOULD BE STOPPED R THOSE WHO COULDNT CLEAR IT OR THEIR KIDs COULDNT SO DONT LISTEN 2 THEM. COACHING FROM A GOOD INSTITUTE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ENROLL YOURSELF IN A SCHOOL WHERE U DONT NEED 2 ATTEND IT. STUDY FOR AT LEAST 7 HOURS/DAY 9 SHOULD B FINE. BOARDS ARE NOT A CRITERIA FOR INTELLIGENCE, THEY TEST YOUR MEMORY.

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INTRODUCTIONFROM WIKIPEDIA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Institutes_of_Technology Admission to undergraduate programs in all IITs is tied to the Joint Entrance Examination, popularly known as IIT-JEE. Candidates opting for the B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) program in IIT Kharagpur, and the B.Des. (Bachelor of Design) program in IIT Guwahati, have to clear an aptitude test as well. Candidates who qualify admission via IIT-JEE can apply for admission in B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology), Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology) and Integrated M.Sc. (Master of Sciences) courses in IITs, IT-BHU and ISM Dhanbad. IIT-JEE is a science-oriented entrance exam, testing candidate's knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry. It is conducted by an IIT chosen by a policy of rotation. Admission is very competitive, given the huge population of India; the undergraduate acceptance rate through JEE has a low ratio (around 1 in 60) with about 300,000 annual test takers for about 5,500 seats. It is the toughest exam in the world. Only about 4,000 of these seats are offered by IITs, the rest belonging to other institutes that use IIT-JEE. Only students who have completed their 12th and secured at least 60% in their exam (higher secondary studies from a recognised educational board) are allowed to appear for IIT-JEE. The IIT-JEE is well known for frequently changing the types of questions asked in order to discourage study by rote. Since IIT-JEE 2006, the format of the question paper was changed to a single objective test-based paper, replacing the earlier system that employed two tests. The candidates belonging to the general category must secure a minimum aggregate of 60% marks in the qualifying examination of the XIIth standard organised by various educational boards of India. Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Physically Disabled (PD) categories must secure a minimum aggregate of 55% in the qualifying examination. The upper age limit for appearing for the IIT-JEE is 25 years. The age limit is relaxed to 30 years for candidates classified in the SC, ST and PD categories. Starting with IIT-JEE 2007, a candidate can take IIT-JEE a maximum of two times, and students who are selected for an IIT cannot attempt the examination again. Students select their institute and department of study based on what is available at the time of their counselling and interview that follows the IIT-JEE result. The interviews are usually spread over five days. The admissions into the postgraduate programmes are made through various exams, primarily the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) for Ph.D., M.Tech., and some MS courses. This exam tests the conceptual clarity in technical subjects and is one of the most difficult in the country.Other prominent entrance exams include JAM (Joint Admission to M.Sc.) for M.Sc., and JMET (Joint Management Entrance Test) for Management Studies.

EDUCATIONAL RANKINGSMost IITs are consistently ranked above other engineering colleges in India in engineering education surveys,with regard to quality of faculty, teaching standards, research facilities and campus placements. In international surveys, the IITs achieve top rankings. The Times Higher Education Supplement (2005)ranked the IITs in the top 3 world universities. The IITs performed better in the Technology category of rankings. IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi were ranked 33rd and 37th respectively in the Technology category. In the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, only one IIT (IIT Kharagpur) was listed among the top 500 universities worldwide. The IITs fall short in many parameters that are considered for educational rankings. The criteria for ranking prominently include internationally recognised research output, in which the IITs do not achieve notable success. Another criterion being the Social Science Citation Index, the rank of IITs suffers as they do not have large departments of liberal arts and social sciences. Since the IITs have only a few international faculty and students (except those by exchange programs), the rankings of IITs in many international surveys have suffered. Since the IITs have scored better under most educational ranking criteria than other Indian colleges and universities, they continue to achieve top positions in nationwide surveys. The Dataquest-IDC T-School Survey - 2008 1. IIT Kharagpur 2. IIT Delhi 3. IIT Roorkee 4. IIT Kanpur 5. IIT Guwahati 6. IIT Madras 7. International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad 8. Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University 9. NIT Calicut 10. Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, New Delhi Among the criticisms of the IIT system by the media, academia and the people in general, the most prominent is that it encourages brain drain. Until the process of liberalisation started in early 1990s, India walted in large scale emigration of IITians to western countries, especially to the United States. Since 1953, nearly twenty-five thousand IITians have settled in the USA. Since the USA benefited from subsidised education in IITs at the cost of Indian taxpayers' money, critics say that subsidising education in IITs is useless. Others support the emigration of graduates, arguing that the capital sent home by the IITians has been a major source of the expansion of foreign exchange reserves for India, which, until the 1990s, had a substantial trade deficit. The extent of intellectual loss has receded substantially over the past decade, with the percentage of students going abroad dropping from as high as 70% to around 30% today. This is largely attributed to the liberalisation of the Indian economy and the opening of previously closed markets. Government initiatives are encouraging IIT students into entrepreneurship programs and are increasing foreign investment. Emerging scientific and manufacturing industries, and outsourcing of

technical jobs from North America and Western Europe have created opportunities for aspiring graduates in India. Many undergraduates go abroad to pursue further studies, such as MS and PhD.

ENTRANCE COMPETITIONThe highly competitive examination in the form of IIT-JEE has led to establishment of a large number of coaching institutes throughout the country that provide intensive, and specific preparation for the IIT-JEE for substantial fees. It is argued that this favours students from specific regions and richer backgrounds. Some coaching institutes say that they have individually coached nearly 800 successful candidates year after year. According to some estimates, nearly 95% of all students who clear the IIT-JEE had joined coaching classes. The psychological stress and emotional trauma faced by candidates not able to pass the examination and their families is considered to be a serious problem. This has led to criticism of the way the examinations are conducted. The IIT-JEE format was restructured in 2006 following these complaints.

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS

CANADIAN PASTURES OPEN FOR IITianshttp://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/591965.cms KOLKATA: Students of IIT Kharagpur have a new world open to them. The institute signed an MoU with the University of Waterloo, Canada, on Tuesday for student and faculty exchange programmes in the field of electronics engineering, photonics and bio-sciences. A delegation of 12 Canadian universities, apart from Waterloo University, visited the IIT campus for the signing of the agreement. The team has toured IIT-Delhi and will be visiting IIT Chennai shortly. "We will draw up a term sheet within six months identifying areas in which we need to collaborate," said S.K. Dubey, director of IIT Kharagpur. The tie-up is being facilitated by the Canadian part of Tata Consultancy Services."India is a technology giant and institutes like the IITs can be compared with the best in the world. Hence, we are looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with it. Student and faculty exchange will benefit both of us," said A. Chakma, vice president (academic and provost) of the University of Waterloo. Chakma promised that some of the be