As the final results of class 12 board examinations were declared throughout the many education boards across India, the nation once again saw its annual college admission circus that we already are accustomed to. The students and their guardians, as the players of the arena, were again tossed and wrangled in the dramatic equations and criterion guarding the key to admissions in the colleges.
The soaring percentage of marks acquired by students and the rise in the number of A-listers has placed the nation in a further dilemma. The question doing the rounds is whether it is fair that students are acquiring high grades but cannot qualify to get admission in their desired streams in top colleges. The angst and dubious uncertainties have pushed the youngsters to the brink of frustration like the previous years.
Ironically India seems to be a unique nation where one of the top colleges of the nation set a cut-off of 100% marks for students to get admission in their college. “It is very disheartening for a student to get more than 94% marks yet not being able to get admission in a reputable college,” repented a pass out students seeking admission in a reputed college in the national capital.
“On terms of morality, it is unfair to judge a student just on the basis of the marks he gets. A student who has been a top performer throughout his life and an all round achiever often loses out to other students just on the ground of marks,” said Anjum Sharma, a member of an educational NGO.
Amidst criticism around the world as well as inside India’s own boundaries on the system of education being pursued in India, many things still haven’t changed much. It is not a cherishable fact that India still banks on rote learning and gives the least impetus to original thinking and ideas, improvisations and knowledge. “It is very sad to see that colleges evaluate a student based only on marks whereas anyone good in rote learning can achieve that feat even when he lacks proper knowledge or intelligence,” says a retired professor of a college in Kolkata.
The colleges are bound in some respects by the education system prevalent in India itself. Hence the sole blame of the gaffe cannot be laid on the colleges for the discomfort and harassments borne by the students. “Something must be done to better the entire scenario. After all such a heinous mindset cannot be tolerated day after day where students and the education are the ultimate sufferers,” argued a guardian of a student.
In the wake of the events and surveys that criticize India’s education system. Something really needs to be done. The standards of education have gone down drastically according to many domestic and global surveys. The teachers as well as the students are found to be lacking the required aspects that they need to harbour for the betterment of the entire system.
The government has taken note of the situation of late and has assured many steps to be taken in the near future. Some of them are already being implemented while others are on the anvil. Whatever be the case, people expect the situation to get better so that justified qualification of the meritorious is ensured and the deserving ones get what they truly deserve.