Monday, April 11, 2011

Random Selection instead of JNVST 2011?

Umpteen news reports are found across the nation, both in vernacular and national dailies, about the postponement of JNVST and the anxiety of parents. Everybody is worried as many of these parents have invested lot of their energies for getting their children to prepare for JNVST and they are not ready to loose an academic year for the sake of admission in JNVs.  Lack of  reason for the postponement of JNVST  in the public notice issued by Samiti has lent the situation into a kind of mystery. Nothing seems to be moving in the direction of either notification or an amendment for RTE.
Samiti is left with only one option-going ahead with random selection. Recently Welfare School Organizations in Andhra Pradesh have decided to go ahead with the lottery system of selection. District Collectors are assigned the task of supervising such selection. CBSE, the agency which conducts JNVST, has asked the Vidyalayas to clarify anomalies in the list of candidates forwarded by the JNVs. Once the anomalies are corrected, NVS may go for lottery System. If any such decision is taken, NVS faces a gigantic task of managing its public image. Lottery System, which is legal, may not go down well with the parents. Parents,majority of whom are from rural areas, will not understand the nuances of RTE. They may think that the decision is a way of opening back door entry to non-eligible candidates and circumventing merit selection. It would dent the image of Navodayas which was hard earned by NVS with its credible and impartial selection history.

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