Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged NITI Aayog for re-evaluating UPSC, NEET, JEE Exam pattern in the country.

While attending the 6th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing, Patnaik said Lakhs of our young people appear for national level exams every year – the UPSC exam, NEET, JEE.

“A critical look is needed to re-evaluate the examination pattern for these prestigious and highly sought-after exams. Should not we have exams that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik further stressed that, “Should not we have exams that focus on equality and attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes. This will truly eliminate merit in the long run and deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas and don’t have physical or economic access to coaching classes.”

NITI Aayog should look into this very serious issue or else in a few years’ there will be serious distortions, the Chief Minister added.

Patnaik also demanded that NITI Aayog should develop into a repository of innovations drawn from the country and across the world and help replicate it. Futuristic technologies, new world economy, solutions for climate change, inclusive governance models are some areas that can be focused on.

Many critical issues are being raised in the NITI Aayog deliberations and excellent suggestions are also being made. “It would be appropriate for NITI Aayog to share an action taken report to everyone concerned. This will make our deliberations more meaningful and action oriented,” said Patnaik.

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