Sunday, April 16, 2006

IIM Kozhikode has 100% reservation.

Were you surprised/shocked by Mr. Singh's proposal to increase the reservations in IITs/IIMs to 49.5%?

Did you ponder for awhile about what would happen to the quality of students churned out from these institutes if it was allowed?

Did you have long and heated discussions with your friends and family about what was the problem with our system and how we should fix it?

Did you opine that the government should start from the 'grass-root' level?

After all the hungama were you tired of all the noise generated by the media on this topic and wish that someone/something would put an end to it?
I did! But it doesn’t look like we are going to reach anywhere soon.

But while all this was happening under the spotlight of national media, while the movers and shakers of this country were churning out opinions about what should have been done, somebody in a corner of the country had already started turning the wheel very quietly. And now it has gained quite a good momentum too.

I am talking about the Centre of Excellence initiative of IIM Kozhikode. It's been there since 2002 and has been working very successfully with help from Kerala state government. It's an ambitious initiative to help the SC/ST students in the state by imparting specific skills to them and by helping them develop their personalities. Most of them, empowered after this 5 month course, go for higher studies or take up well paying jobs. Now doesn’t that sound a little saner and more practical than just increasing reservation in institutes-that-are-darn-tough-to-get-into?
You might want to read more about this novel initiative by IIM Kozhikode, published by Outlook India here.

Well, one thing to note here is that CeX has a 100% reservation for Dalit and Adivasis from Kerala. Now do I hear someone shouting about how there should be reservation purely on merit?


Lost in trance... said...

"CeX" ?

quite an intereting name i shud say...hmmm...

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Anonymous said...

We must investigate the term "merit".Is "merit" just a score in entrance exams at age of 17?

Take the claim of "merit based" entrance to all IIMs and dozens of other institutes.

The CAT exam is based on the SAT exam in the USA . It has been proved beyond doubt that the SAT test is culturally biased . Blacks and hispanics do poorly at it year after year .

If a student who is eligible for admission to IIM on the basis of his CAT score, were to take the same CAT exam in which he/she cleared in a language that he/she did not understand then he/she would be at a disadvantage compared to someone who was schooled in that language . Not knowing that language does not mean you lack the capacity to clear that exam.

Approximately 25 % of CAT test is about English! Another 25 % is about English Comprehension!!!! There you are !!!! About 50 % so called aptitude test is a hoax for someone who is from a non-english speaking background .

This is how the CAT like the SAT is discriminatory .

See the full form of SAT …Scholastic Aptitude Test . The problem is aptitude testing is not so simple . There is no test on earth which can reliably tests aptitude .

Aptitude tests such as the SAT have a historical tie to the concept of innate mental abilities and the belief that such abilities can be defined and meaningfully measured. Neither notion has been supported by modern research. Few scientists who have considered these matters seriously would argue that aptitude tests such as the SAT provide a true measure of intellectual abilities.

It was found that people could be coached to better their scores at SAT . The name SAT …Scholastic Aptitude Test could not be correct . So under such valid criticism the name was changed to Scholastic Assessment Test, since a test that can be coached clearly did not measure inherent "scholastic aptitude", but was influenced largely by what the test subject had learned in school. Even the College Board which conducts the SAT has beaten a hasty retreat.This was a major theoretical retreat by the College Board conducting SAT, which had previously maintained that the test measured inherent aptitude and was free of bias.

About ten years back , however, even the redundancy of the term assessment test was recognized and the name was changed to the neutral, and non-descriptive, SAT. At the time, the College Board announced, "Please note that SAT is not an initialism. It does not stand for anything."

The framers of these SAT tests assumed that intelligence was a unitary inherited attribute, that it was not subject to change over a lifetime, and that it could be measured and individuals could be ranked and assigned their place in society accordingly. The SAT evolved from these questionable assumptions about human talent and potential.

More and more people are questioning the validity of SAT . In the past MENSA used to accept high SAT score individuals . For the past decade it has stopped accepting SAT scores .

The whole exercise of deciding merit based on CAT scores discriminates against those from lower socio-economic status.

Though many non-IIM institutes have started accepting CAT scores, the application fee of these institutes is still inexplicably high.

The CAT is primarily an exam of Math and English. Logical and Analytical Reasoning is nearly absent (except for some verbal reasoning which again depends on knowing English well!!!!).

CAT is a clever way to keep those from lower socio-economic strata away Institutes funded with tax payers money .

So claims of “Merit” based on CAT scores is hollow and discriminatory against those of lower socio-economic strata.

Dhirubhai Ambani had a poor command over English . He would not have made it through CAT. So what "merit" are we talking of?

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Anonymous said...

Lets put it striaght... Mr. Anony...

Do you have a better and practical way of assessing the merit of the students..

I mean its very easy to find loop holes... but workaround is difficult...