The editorial “I(I)T’s back to coaching” (Business Line, Jun 30) neatly summarised the need to raise the standard of technical education across the country by spreading excellence. But the fact that students rush to coaching centres to ‘crack’ the IIT entrance exam just reveals the flaw in our schooling system.

It is inconsistent across the country and does not equip a student to grasp the fundamentals that is tested by the IITs. So, the recent admission criteria agreement reached between IIT’s and the Government — adding a filter of the top 20 percentile of students from the respective boards — does not help address the root cause.

Instead, it merely increases the pressure on students to cross multiple hurdles to get admitted to these premier institutes. Indirectly, it helps the coaching industry as it can capitalise on providing coaching for ‘cracking’ the +2 exams in addition to IIT entrance. A better approach to spread excellence would be to overhaul our schooling system, so that the curriculum is standardised across States and boards. crack any exam.

Varad Seshadri

Sunnyvale, US

Anti-consumer practices

This is with reference to “Market malpractices go well beyond cement” (Business Line, June 27). Complainants in the cement case are the builders. I suffer as one who has just moved into a new house that is leaking. I was attracted by the builder’s newspaper ads and cheated by the developer. Truly, the average Indian consumer is in a pitiable state — the commercial world we live in is greedy and bereft of ideals.

C. Easwaran Shrikant

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(This article was published on July 2, 2012)
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