Following the announcement that UPSC would give two additional chances to candidates appearing for Civil Service examinations, Anand Kumar of the Super 30 fame says that IIT-JEE aspirants should be given similar chances as well.
JEE is the national level qualifying entrance examination for students who seek to join Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs).
Kumar said, "This shall be extended to Joint Entrance Examination."
Kumar said that this was necessary for students from the underprivileged / weak background section in rural areas.
He said "They don't get the advantage of quality schooling and often start off their preparations late. More opportunities will help reduce the urban-rural divide so that bright students from rural areas come forward."
"It will be injustice to IIT aspirants with just two chances," he added, Anand Kumar, a mathematician who has earned awards across the world for helping the poor students crack IIT examinations by providing free coaching and lodging facilities.
Earlier, he also had meetings with the Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, regarding additional chances for JEE examination.
"Now that Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has raised number of chances to six for general category students, nine for OBC candidates and unlimited for SC / ST candidates, it is important for the JEE board to think on similar lines," he said.