JEE ‘marks swap’ Triggers Protest!

The confusion over the normalization process for admission to National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other central government technical educational institutes led to a protest at the CBSE office in Preet Vihar on Thursday morning. About sixty candidates gathered outside the office—the board conducted the Joint Entrance Examination Main in April.
 
The new process—decided after the exam had been conducted—is being described as one of “swapping marks” by candidates who have had their ranks altered drastically under the new system. “I scored 228 in the JEE Main and was expecting my rank to be around 7,000,” said a student of a Delhi school. “Now, due to the introduction of normalization, my rank is around 21,000. My career is at stake. I won’t get into any good college or be able to opt for a course of my choice,” he added.
 
According to the protesters, CBSE joint secretary S P Rana met a few people to inform them that the board has only conducted the exam and the formula for normalization has been devised by the vice-chancellor of BITS Pilani. With the change in ranks brought about by the formula—the number of students writing a particular board exam also matters—the candidates have to change their courses along with colleges. Candidates from outside Delhi participated in the protest as well. Arth, from Jaipur, managed a score of 218 and was hoping to study in Delhi. Now he’s not so sure. The protesters later headed towards the apex court and were given a hearing date in August.

UP Board class X Results Declared!

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Secondary Education Board on Saturday declared class 10th (high school) results. Of 34 lakh students who appeared in the examination, 28.86 lakh passed. Overall pass percentage was 86.63%.
 
Girls outscored boys once again. While 91.25% girls cleared the examinations, the pass percentage of boys was 82.87%. Ashutosh Mishra from Barabanki district scored 97.33% marks and topped the examination. Aradhana Shukla, also from Barabanki, came second with 97% marks. Shreya Srivastava from Allahabad was third with 96.17% marks. Ishwaridutt Maurya of Lucknow Academy figured at ninth position in the merit list.
 
As many as 114 under trials who appeared in examination from jail also cleared examinations.Like class 12th results, students of small towns and rural areas did better in class 10th as well. Pass percentage of Maharajganj was highest in comparison to all the districts. The lowest pass percentage was in Pilibhit. Lucknow was at 37th place. Total districts in the state are 75.
 
The results can be accessed through the official website i.e http://upresults.nic.in

CET Admission Picks up; 50,673 Pay Fee!

With the last date of reporting for selected candidates at their chosen undergraduate professional colleges ending on Tuesday, 50,673 of the 61,845 candidates had paid their fees and downloaded their admission orders as on Monday afternoon.
 
About 22,291 candidates have remitted payment through Indian Bank, 10,001 through net banking, e-portal, debit/credit cards and 18,411 through RTGS/NEFT.
 
About 7,654 SC/ST candidates also downloaded their admission orders.
 
SJCE tangle continues
 
Meanwhile, there appeared to be no end in sight for the travails of about 228 students who have been denied admission by Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), Mysore.
 
KEA officials, on Monday, promised to “protect the interests of the students”, but it was no balm for the students and their parents who thronged the KEA headquarters in Malleswaram.
 
The parents find the KEA officials’ assurance confusing, as the college has even issued an endorsement to the students stating categorically why it is denying them admission.
 
“SJCE has a total of 228 government seats, 114 for computer science and 114 for electronics and communication. We are blocking these seats till further allotment is done,” claimed KEA sources.
 
SJCE, however, claimed in its endorsement that the seat matrix issued by the KEA for this academic year with respect to computer science and electronics and communication courses has been quashed by the Karnataka high court. It has said that unless the government reallocates seats freshly in accordance with the consensual agreement between private engineering colleges and the government, it can’t change anything.
 
The students and parents are worried that if KEA is not able to block their seats, they will have to go in for a second session of counselling.

Assam CM Orders Probe into Anomalies in Class X Board Exam

Chief minister TarunGogoi on Tuesday ordered the formation of a two-member committee to enquire into the anomalies in the Class X board exam conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba) as pointed out by the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) and other organizations. The committee will constitute the vice-chancellors of Dibrugarh University and Assam Agricultural University and will submit its report within one month.

Aasu has been staging a dharna demanding removal of the Seba chairman and revamping of the state board at Seba’s office since Thursday.

Seba employees on Tuesday extended support to the ongoing protest of Aasu demanding ouster of the board’s chairman Shantikam Hazarika. They told an Aasu delegation that they will approach chief minister Tarun Gogoi to end the impasse.

On Sunday, state education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma accepted Aasu’s demand of initiating reforms in Seba so as to provide error-free and timely results to students. But the state government is yet to decide on the fate of Hazarika.

Aasu is adamant to continue its protest unless Hazarika is removed from his post. Lending support to the Aasu’s protest, vice-president of Asom Sahitya Sabha, Paramananda Rajbongshi, and general secretary of All Assam Tribal Sangha, Aditya Khakhlari, on Tuesday joined the Aasu protesters at the Seba premises.

Following the Aasu protest, Seba secretary Dayaram Rajbongshi had earlier tendered his resignation.

Aasu adviser Sammujal Bhattacharyya said that though the state government has agreed to bring reforms in the state board, the board should be controlled by an able educationist. “Ouster of Shantikam Hazarika is the only issue now. Changes in Seba will not yield fruitful results if the board is headed by Hazarika, under whose tenure major goof-ups have taken place in the last two years,” said Bhattacharyya.

The Aasu protest at the Seba headquarters has paralyzed work in the board office. “There is total chaos in the Seba office due to the ongoing protest. Senior officials are not in office for the last couple of days. We want an immediate solution to the logjam,” said Jugal Sarma, secretary of the employees union of Seba.

A Seba official said that absence of the chairman and secretary has hit work at the board. “Registration of class IX students is going on and the results of those who sent their paper of the Class X exam for re-evaluation is yet to be declared. In the absence of senior officials at the Seba office, we are facing serious difficulty,” said a board official.

18,500 Board Students Seek Paper Revaluation: Says Reports

This year, more state board examinees are apparently upset with their scores and are looking to rectify their marks than their counterparts last year. But these students have little hope to get into better colleges with revised marks, given the fact that the state board has been running behind time in providing them with answersheet photocopies.

Within a week of the HSC results being announced on May 30, the state board received 7,000 applications from candidates in the Mumbai division, seeking copies of their answersheets so that they could go in for revaluation. At the end of the deadline -three weeks after the result -the figure shot up to 14,000. Officials said the number of students looking for revaluation has gone up drastically than last year, when 2,500-odd had asked for copies of their answersheets.

The scene is similar with Class X board students, 4,500 of whom have applied for the copies of their papers this year. the figure is much higher than that last year.

Close to 200 Class X and XII students have already been told the board had not calculated their scores correctly. and so, the marks have gone up.

“A very small number of students found errors in their totals and we are rectifying it. Teachers might have made those mistakes,” said Laxmikant Pande, chairman of the Mumbai division of the board. , adding that the board had to hire extra people to tackle the rush of applications it received for photocopies of candidates’ answer sheets.

“In HSC, the subjects that witnessed most applications for answersheet copies are physics, chemistry, maths and biology. Their syllabi were revised last academic year,” added Pande.

Since last year, the state board has introduced a policy under which students are allowed to request for the photocopy of their answersheets. Candidates upset with their marks can get the copies evaluated by their teachers and then apply for revaluation. But many have been complaining about the amount of time the board has been taking to merely give them the copies. But officials blamed the delay on the rush of applications. “My daughter applied for a copy almost six weeks ago, but we are yet to receive it. When do we go for revaluation? Most colleges have already started classes,” No college will entertain us if we try to shift to a better one with the revised marks,”said the father of an HSC student. Some students found the board had not added their marks properly or not included their internals or practical scores. “First, the board gave us a copy of my son’s chemistry paper after three weeks of application. Then, to make the matter worse, we were told that the board had forgotten to add his marks from the practical exams,” said P Iyer (name changed) mother of an HSC student whose total increased from 81.6% to 87% after the rectification.

 The board has, so far, revised the marksheets of 238 students (200 totalling errors and 36 after revaluation), the figures are likely to go up at the end of the process.

 “Students are still applying for revaluation and we are in the process of giving out photocopies of answer sheets. The huge number of applications is the reason behind this delay but we will try and speed up,” added Pande.

Affiliated University Urges Anna University to Run Science Courses

Colleges affiliated to Anna University, which are opposed to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)’s directive not to run science courses, want the State government and the university to allow them to continue with the courses. A college in Kanyakumari district, Narayana Guru College of Engineering, had moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court and got a favourable verdict, they cited.

AICTE

The AICTE had directed engineering colleges not to admit any students under the non-engineering programmes — three-year B.Sc. and five-year integrated M.Sc. programmes — this academic year. It had denied affiliation for non-engineering courses terming them “unapproved.”

Two five-year integrated courses

In the case of the Narayana Guru College of Engineering the college had originally sought affiliation for two five-year integrated courses — M.Sc. Software Engineering, and M.Sc. Electronic Media. But, even after the favourable verdict from the High Court, chairman of the college G. Sidhardhan is not a happy man.

“I filed a writ petition on March 6, 2013, asking the Anna University to continue affiliation for the academic year 2013-14 for the M.Sc. Software Engineering and M.Sc. Electronic Media courses.

Verdict

The verdict of April 17 was in our favour. However, the Anna University is yet to act upon it,” he told The Hindu.

The court had directed the Anna University “to extend affiliation for the M.Sc. Software Engineering and M.Sc. Electronic Media for the year 2013-14 and also for the engineering courses, on merits and in accordance with law, within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order,” he said.

Heavy investments

Echoing the sentiments of principals of many engineering colleges, he said that the decision of the AICTE cancelling the affiliation to science courses was a big setback because the colleges had invested heavily in terms of infrastructure, faculty, and other amenities.

An engineering college principal in Coimbatore said many teachers who had taught these subjects for years would go without a job. Statistics show that placements for the five-year integrated courses have been good, if not better, than those of the conventional engineering courses.

“Points will be presented”

Vice-Chancellor of Anna University M. Rajaram said he was in consultation with the government and the points being discussed would be presented at the Syndicate meeting to be held soon to enable the university to come up with a decision for the benefit of students.

3,464 Engineering Seats Still up for Grabs

After the CET 2013 real allotment results were released on Wednesday, 3,464 engineering seats remained vacant along with two of architecture. For other courses, all seats were grabbed in the first round itself.

The real seat allotment status has been posted on KEA website http:www.kea.kar.nic.in. Candidates can view details of seats allotted as per their priority, college-wise, course-wise and category-wise, cutoff rank of real allotment as well as details of unallotted seats.

Candidates satisfied with the seats allotted need to pay the prescribed fees via e-payment mode, download the admission order and report to the respective college. Those allotted MBBS seats should submit a duly-sworn e-affidavit on Rs 100 e-stamp paper, along with the admission order, when they report to college. The format is available on the website.

Those who are satisfied with the seats allotted but want to participate in the second round will have to pay the fees and wait for the next round’s schedule. Seats allotted to candidates who do not pay fees in time will be cancelled and brought back to the pool for allotment in the second round.

round.

Discipline No. of seats No. of seats allotted No. of seats remaining
B.Arch 549 547 02
BE 59,581 56,117 3,464
MBBS 2,214 2,214 Nil
BDS 795 795 Nil
BVSC 60 60 Nil
BSc. (Ag) 1,720 1,720 Nil
BTech (Food) 333 333 Nil
BTech (Ag) 59 59 Nil

IIT Entry Turns into a lopsided ‘board game’, 80% Candidates from 3 Boards

For long, when it came to getting into an Indian Institute of Technology, signing up with the right coaching centre was what mattered more than which school board you attended. But the new entrance exam system, which gives weightage to class XII scores of candidates, has changed the rules of the game in one fell swoop.

The list of candidates selected last week for the IITs showed that a vast majority of the successful candidates – more than 8,000 out of 9,700 – or over 80% came from just three school boards: the CBSE, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab state boards.

“More than 5,500 students come from the CBSE board. Then, there are close to 1,800 of them from Andhra Pradesh and another 750 from Punjab,” said JEE (advanced) chairman H C Gupta, about this year’s list. There are 30 other boards in India from where a small count of students has qualified.

“There are anywhere between five and 10 to a little more than a 100 students from some other boards,” Gupta said.

In other words, if you want to get into one of these premier engineering institutes, it appears that passing class XII from one of these boards gives you an edge over competition.

Because it never mattered earlier, the IITs do not have records on the school boards that students had attended, giving little data to make any historical comparisons. Nevertheless, it is well-known that the CBSE board sends the largest chunk of students to the IITs every year.

“We always knew that many students come from the CBSE board. But we had no clue which other state boards sent more students to the IITs,” said IIT Roorkee director Pradipto Banerjee.

Statistics from the IITs show that in JEE 2010, of the qualified candidates, 58% were from CBSE, 36% from state boards and 6% from ICSE. While 3.5% of the CBSE candidates qualified, it was 2.3% for state boards and 2.7% for ICSE.

In 2011, of the 13,196 qualified candidates, 543 were from ICSE (4.1%), 7,396 from CBSE (56%), and 5,195 from state boards (39.4%). “It is noted that the participation and the performance of the candidates from state boards have improved in JEE-2011 in comparison to previous years,” an analytical report released by the IITs read.

Many students say a whimsical selection process has given an unfair advantage to students of certain boards. But IIT officials rubbish that. “Honestly, we had no clue that the Punjab state board would rank up there among the top three. We feel making it to the IITs has a lot to do with the coaching facilities available to students,” said an IIT director.

‘Failed’ by HSC board, boy may lose NIT Seat: A Case Study Analysis

Dhyey Patel wanted to improve his HSC marks after scoring 73% last year. Since admissions to NITs this year would be based on the JEE (Main) as also the HSC score, he reappeared for the HSC under the Class Improvement Scheme. Imagine his disappointment then when he failed.

However, a revaluation later, Patel found his marks improving in four out of five subjects and percentage shooting up to 80%. The state board had goofed by failing to include his internal assessment scores.

The mistake could prove costlier for him because the CBSE used his wrong HSC marks to calculate the percentile for admission to the NITs. Only a last-minute email from the CBSE, which has promised to recalculate Dhyey’s percentile, gives him some hope. He has until 5pm on Tuesday to indicate his choice of engineering institute.

Dhyey, student of a Vile Parle College, was traumatized to check his results online on May 30. He had not only failed in the bifocal subject of computer science, but also scored way below expectations in other subjects. “We approached the board and, after verification, they told us that my son’s internal assessment scores were not used and the scores in one of the bifocal papers were not counted. After the corrections, my son’s average went from 51% to 80%. There was a difference of 174 marks,” said Dhyey’s father Haresh Patel.

However, when Dhyey received his marksheet on June 6, it still had the earlier scores. On June 8, the board finally issued a corrected marksheet, which was sent to CBSE via Speed Post. Several mails were sent and calls made to the CBSE office. But on July 3, when the JEE (Main) rank list was released, the student realised that his old HSC score was still used to calculate the qualifying exam (QE) percentile. His rank was over 70,000, which would not have ensured him a seat in any NIT. “My HSC score is 80%, but my QE percentile is 41.11. A friend who scored 72% in the HSC got a percentile of 87.53. By that calculation, mine should have been above 90,” said Dhyey, who is expecting to be ranked better than 13,000.

Laxmikant Pande, chairman, Mumbai divisional board, claimed that the goof-up might have happened at the teachers’ level. Pande added that his office has already given a letter in writing to the student after the revaluation. A senior CBSE board official said they used the score sent by the state board. “The student’s mails were not sent on the right email address, so they weren’t attended to. We are trying to compile his data and fix it by Monday night,” said the official.

Dhyey received an email from CBSE on Monday night stating that his request for a corrected score card and revised ranking has been approved and forwarded to the counselling board. “The revised score card is not yet ready, but the counselling website will display the revised ranking either today or tomorrow,” said the message.

Board skipped student’s internal assessments

Dhyey Patel, student of a Vile Parle College, was traumatized to check his HSC results online on May 30. He had not only failed in the bifocal subject of computer science, but also scored way below expectations in other subjects. “We approached the board and, after verification, they told us that my son’s internal assessment scores were not used and the scores in one of the bifocal papers were not counted. After the corrections, my son’s average went from 51% to 80%. There was a difference of 174 marks,” said Dhyey’s father Haresh Patel.

However, when Dhyey received his marksheet on June 6, it still had the earlier scores. On June 8, the board finally issued a corrected marksheet, which was sent to CBSE via Speed Post. Several mails were sent and calls made to the CBSE office. But on July 3, when the JEE (Main) rank list was released, the student realised that his old HSC score was still used to calculate the qualifying exam (QE) percentile. His rank was over 70,000, which would not have ensured him a seat in any NIT. “My HSC score is 80%, but my QE percentile is 41.11. A friend who scored 72% in the HSC got a percentile of 87.53. By that calculation, mine should have been above 90,” said Dhyey, who is expecting to be ranked better than 13,000.

Laxmikant Pande, chairman, Mumbai divisional board, claimed that the goof-up might have happened at the teachers’ level. Pande added that his office has already given a letter to the student after the revaluation. A senior CBSE board official said they used the score sent by the state board. “The student’s mails were not sent on the right email address, so they weren’t attended to. We are trying to compile his data and fix it by Monday night,” said the official.

Dhyey received an email from CBSE on Monday night stating that his request for a corrected score card and revised ranking has been approved and forwarded to the counselling board. “The revised score card is not yet ready, but the counselling website will display the revised ranking either today or tomorrow,” said the message.

First convocation of IIT-BHU to be Held on July 10

The first convocation of Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) will be held on July 10 at SwatantrataBhawan.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam would give away medals to the meritorious students and deliver convocation address. The convocation was the much awaited event for the institute as the graduates who passed out in 2010, 2011 and 2012 did not receive degrees because IIT status was awaited, which was received in 2012.

Traditional dhoti kurta and sarees would replace the colonial academic gowns and caps in the convocation ceremony.

Talking to reporters on Monday, IIT-BHU director Rajeev Sangal said that students who took admission in 2006-2007 onwards were to get the degrees but the conversion was delayed for some years. All the degrees will have the new graphic logo and logo type of the institute.

More than 2,300 graduates would receive degrees. As many as 1,288 degrees of BTech/BPharm, 649 degrees of MTech/MPharma, 287 degrees of integrated dual degree programme and 159 PhD degrees would be distributed. As many as 113 graduates from all three years would receive gold medals on the occasion. Anand Goyal of Dhanbad who graduated in electronic engineering in 2010 will receive 11 awards. Animesh Jain of 2011 batch of the same branch will receive 12 awards while Ananth Dwivedi of computer science and Allamraju Sundeep of electronic engineering 2012 batch will receive seven awards.

Sangal said that a convocation ceremony for 2013 batch would be organised in the October.