Madras HC postpones KVPY, seeks response on conducting exam in regional languages

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The Madras High Court has ordered the postponement of the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) aptitude test which was scheduled to be held on November 7, 2021 to explore the possibility of the exam being conducted in regional languages in addition to English and Hindi reported the Times of India.

The Court has sought the response of the centre on the steps taken in order to facilitate the conduct of the KVPY exam in languages other than English and Hindi. The Court while hearing a PIL filed on the issue passed the order after taking on record the Centre’s response that it did not have adequate personnel to assess answers in regional languages and that it may be difficult to find equivalent terms for scientific words in local languages.

The Court observed that students from non-English and non-Hindi speaking belts should not suffer on the grounds that centre does not have qualified assessors. The Court cited the examples of Germany and Japan which are not English speaking nations but are known for their expertise in technology and science. The Court observed that a student adept in Assamese vernacular or a student from rural Odisha may be able to come up with brilliant scientific ideas and the mere fact that such candidate is not comfortable with Hindi or English should not disqualify the aspirant.

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science. The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their academic potential; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country. Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research. Special groups / Committees are set up at IISc to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centres in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.

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