Kolkata, June 5, 2015: The CISCE today said it would go to court to get justice unless colleges and universities "stop discrimination" in the process of admission of students of national boards.
"Why should there be discrimination? In a democratic country you are free to study from any school under any board. There should be end of discrimination.
We strongly oppose this. I said this in Kerala and also in Gujarat," Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE Gerry Aarathoon said today.
"Why do colleges have to reduce percentage? We should not discriminate. Because we are in the same educational field.
We are only having different boards just like students study in different boards. "We are appealing to them (colleges and universities) to stop discriminate, but if they continue to discriminate then we will have no other option than to go to court to get justice," Aarathoon said.
On whether the Council had any discussion in this connection with the West Bengal government, Aarathoon said, "We have not spoken to anybody here (Bengal) but in Gujarat we have, because there the discrimination was very much. We will see what is the position in Bengal and accordingly inform the state government."
The CISCE official further said that there has been a "misconception" that students preferred the CBSE over the CISCE because the CBSE board prepares students for competitive examinations. "It's totally a misconception. Because we follow the same syllabus for ICSE and ISC and the question pattern is more or less the same," he said.
"The CBSE only conducts examinations like the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT). It has become a mindset and misconception that CBSE prepares better than ICSE and ISC," he added.