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Re­fer to ‘ En­gi­neer­ing a Com­mon Path For Col­lege Ad­mis­sion’ by Jand­hyala Ti­lak, 16 June. While I ap­pre­ci­ate the points made by Pro­fes­sor Ti­lak in the ar­ti­cle, devel­op­ing uni­form high stan­dards among ex­ams of all the states is im­pos­si­ble. Dis­par­ity across states in ex­ist­ing higher sec­ondary (HS) syl­labi is sub­stan­tial. Re­mov­ing this by up­grad­ing the syl­labus will be a daunt­ing task. There will be a se­vere short­age of qual­ity teach­ers suit­able for the new syl­labus. But with­out im­prov­ing teach­er­stu­dent ra­tio, it will be fu­tile to even at­tempt to im­prove the syl­labus. Schools in ru­ral ar­eas, in gen­eral, are rel­a­tively poorly equipped in ev­ery re­spect, es­pe­cially in sci­ence stream. Im­prove­ment in their in­fras­truc­ture has to be ad­dressed suc­cess­fully first. Also, there is a huge gap in the Mad­hyamik (sec­ondary) and higher sec­ondary syl­labi. Again, this has to be elim­i­nated. As soon as HS score has a weigh­tage in the cal­cu­la­tion of en­trance score for the IITs and other in­sti­tu­tions, there will be an un­holy com­pe­ti­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent boards to in­flate scores in the HS ex­ams. Al­ready, eval­u­a­tion scales in Cen­tral boards are soft com­pared to their state coun­ter­parts. Scores are not com­pa­ra­ble be­tween Cen­tral boards and state boards.


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