After learning about UPSC’s recent announcement of increasing attempts to appear in Civil Services Exam, for all the categories of candidates, Mathematician Anand Kumar of Super 30 fame has come forward with his similar request of increasing number of attempts for students to be able to qualify in IITs.
Kumar urged the union HRD minister MM Pallam Raju, by writing him a letter for introducing a similar` opportunity for students to be able to qualify the JEE advance examination.
Through letter that Kumar has addressed to the union HRD minister, he requested the ministry to also take the initiative to increase the number of chances for JEE aspirants as well.
He urged ministry to consider his request, particularly for the underprivileged sections in the rural areas, since the students from those regions are hardly able to undergo quality schooling like students in urban areas. He added that students from rural areas begin with their preparations late due to dearth of opportunities.
Anand Kumar has been making this request for the last four years and he had also met former HRD minister Kapil Sibal twice in the year 2010 and 2012. He demanded the same through discussion during his meeting with the Prime Minister as well. He mentioned through the letter that he would like to meet the union
HRD minister MM Pallam Raju as well, to discuss the same whenever he has time.
Anand explained that increase chances of attempts for IIT aspiring students will help decrease the urban-rural divide and this will let the bright students from rural areas come forward. Most students from remote areas cannot afford costly coaching though they possess talent to excel, yet they fail to reach the level that IIT demands. If given them a little more time by increasing attempts, those students shall be able to raise IITs bar and contribute in making IIT more inclusive, he stated through his letter.
All in all, Kumar tried to throw light on this matter, for the Ministry and JEE board to think on similar lines as done for UPSC examination.