Srinagar: The Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir has condemned the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for shattering the dreams of thousands of Kashmiri students by declaring them ineligible for prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) due to state Board of School Education’s (BOSE) winter session.
The association demanded that the state government immediately take up the issue with New Delhi to save the career of these students. “Kashmir follows the winter session as against the summer session adopted by schools in other parts of India,” G N Var, chairman CCA, said in a statement here Tuesday.
“Every student can appear in JEE twice immediately after their 10+2 exams. But when Kashmiris apply for their second attempt, MHRD declares them ineligible by recognizing it as their third attempt.”
The association said that MHRD needs to know that Kashmir’s November 2013 session is equal to New Delhi’s May 2014 session.
“This faulty rejection is shattering the dreams of tens of thousands of students as it has become a routine every year,” said Var. “In fact this is one of the reasons that Kashmiri students are unable to crack JEE.”
The association termed it as a dangerous trend as Kashmir is being devoid of high caliber professional engineers. “Our students have done wonders in IAS, but here they are being discriminated due to a technical glitch,” said Var. “They are unable to crack into the top IIT’s and even if qualify JEE they end up in some small time colleges due to low rank and they can’t appear again to improve their ranks.”
The association asked the state government to look into the matter as soon as possible. “Look at our NIT Hazratbal, where Kashmiri students are now a minority as they are unable to crack JEE,” said Var. “The state government should take up the matter with MHRD for inclusion of a clause wherein Kashmir’s winter session is treated at par with Central Board of School Education’s summer session.”