Observing that only some students from Odisha region are able to qualify the national-level tests such as JEE Main and JEE Advanced, AIIMS & AIPMT and the like, the state government has decided to revamp the school curriculum and syllabus to become more competitive and at par with the syllabus implemented in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools.
The betterment of syllabus is to be made only in the course/subject content of Class VIII to Plus II, since majority of national competitive exam for higher education and colleges are based on the CBSE syllabus, as told by Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra.
The decision of upgrading and changing state schools’ syllabus came after an interdepartmental meeting headed by the Mohapatra held on 11 July, in which Secretaries of technical education, higher education and school and mass education were also present for talking on the issue of dismal performance of Odisha students in AIMPT, JEE and other exams.
The intention behind bringing this change is to prepare state students to face and qualify the national-level entrance tests such as for IIT admission, AIPMT etc.
The data reveals that out of a total of 49,000 students who had appeared from the state for the JEE (Main) which held in April ’14 mere 3200 aspirants were able to make it to the JEE (Advanced). Further after JEE Advanced held near about 200 students get through the JEE Advanced as well. It is noted this year that of the total 180 seats offered at IIT Bhubaneswar, only 12 state students could manage to secure it during admission process.