At the press meet of the NCERT’s golden jubilee on Wednesday, Professor R Govinda , officiating director, NCERT, criticized the ‘rigid’ university system which is responsible for the high cut-offs of Delhi University (DU) this time.
“The basic problem of high cutoffs has resulted from colleges admitting students based on a certification test (the Class XII board exams),” said Govinda who is also the vice-chancellor of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration. Govinda also gave the example of undergraduate admissions in DU where Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) had announced 100% cutoff and the students with even 97% were unable to get admission in many of the reputed colleges.
According to Govinda, a national level common entrance test should be conducted on the lines of Scholastic Aptitude Test for college admissions in the United States or the Graduate Record Examinations. He added, “As already suggested by the HRD ministry, a common entrance test can be a solution."
Govinda also talked about school level education in the next five year plan and said, “Quality of textbooks, teachers' education, making school education compatible with international standards and extending of RTE to Class X from pre-school are going to be NCERT's priorities in the next plan starting 2012. In fact, we are proposing a 'teacher first' mission to improve teacher training. We also have an important role to plan in formulating the framework for expanding the reach of right to education."
Govinda also informed that a core curriculum has been prepared for science and mathematics courses and all CBSE schools are going to follow it from this year. He also added that the implementation of the core curriculum will take time as state boards have to come onboard. Also, according to him, around 19 state boards have given permission to teach the core curricula in mathematics and science.
The HRD minister, Kapil Sibal will also address the media in relation to NCERT’s golden jubilee on Thursday.