In a bid to assist IIT aspirants out of their stress and to reduce the instances of student suicides, the HRD Ministry has come up with a new idea. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said his ministry will set up "Online IIT-Pal" to provide coaching free of cost.
He expressed his concern over incidents of student suicides at coaching institutes in Kota and other places. "Online IIT-Pal would provide course material, tutorials, discussion forum and fortnightly tests to students. For this purpose, the HRD Ministry is getting prepared best course material from competent teachers," Javadekar said.
On the sidelines of a review meeting with Rajasthan education department officials and state minister for school education Vasudev Devnani, Javadekar announced that website IIT-PAL will be introduced for free of cost through which students will get facilities like study material, guidance by experts and discussion options.
He also said that some TV channels have joined hands to launch this new initiative to provide best course material and atmosphere to students to compete in IIT-JEE and other competitive exams. "This would certainly relieve the aspirants of tension and would help check unfortunate incidents of suicide," he assured.
On the quality of school education, the Minister said that state governments will be given authority to reintroduce class V and VIII board exams. It is a proposal that would be tabled in the Cabinet and then in Parliament for approval, he said.
He also lauded the efforts of the Rajasthan government in increasing the number of school enrolment. "The enrolment in government school in Rajasthan has increased by 15 lakh where Utkarsh Adarsh schools have been opened at panchayat level."
He told reporters here about his plans to re-introduce class X board examination. Minister Devnani added that the Rajasthan government had already ended the 'no-detention' policy and would do the same for class V students in the next academic year.