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.

Top 20 Percentile Eligibility Norm adds to IIT Admissions Confusion

Even as normalization of percentile of JEE (Main) and class XII marks continues to create confusion for students seeking admission to NITs, admission to prestigious IITs is beset with its own problems.

The basis for admission to 16 IITs is performance in JEE (Advanced). The other crucial condition is that those who have done well in JEE (Advanced) should be in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII examination conducted by various school Boards. There are 10,000 seats in IITs — around 5,000 for general candidates and rest for reserved category students.

While the JEE (Advanced) score came late June, on Sunday top 20 percentile eligibility cutoffs for this academic session was announced. This created a peculiar situation. After the JEE (Advanced) score came along with the All India Rank, online counseling of students began and many were offered seat in IITs based on their rank. Then came top 20 percentile eligibility cutoff and many students found they have not qualified despite having done well in JEE (Advanced).

Among the worst hit would be students from Andhra Pradesh with the highest cutoffs of 91.8%, followed by Tamil Nadu (90.9%) and Kerala (85.2%). There is a report of one student from Andhra Pradesh who despite securing the all-India rank within 3,000 would not get the admission because he does not fulfill the class XII cutoff of his state. Since Hyderabad is one of the biggest hubs of IIT coaching many students from neighbouring states take admission in class XI in Andhra Pradesh.

The lowest cutoffs are for Tripura (53.2%), Jharkhand (56.2%), Assam (56.6%) and Uttarakhand (57.8%). CBSE’s cutoff is 81.6%, ICSE (83.2%), UP (73%), Bihar (65%) and West Bengal (61.2%). Eligibility till last year across boards was 60%. These cutoffs are for general category students.

However, IIT-Delhi’s H C Gupta, who is overseeing JEE (Advanced) this year, disagrees. He says, “Cutoff of top 20 percentile would not affect more than 20 students across sixteen IITs. Even with 60% class XII eligibility criteria till last year few students could not get admission despite clearing JEE.”

CBSE official Accused of Revealing AIEEE Exam Paper

An official of Central Board of School Education (CBSE) managing AIEEE till the last year has been blamed for leaking the question paper through text messages. Another accusation of permitting an online AIEEE test center in Kota, Rajasthan.

From current year, the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) is now converted into Joint Entrance Examination (Main).

CBI received a command from the government to investigate the matter along with the case of disproportionate assets. The official was blamed of gathering uneven huge and wealth.

An anonymous complaint was filed against Pitam Singh, CBSE director of special examinations, CBSE at the Central Vigilance Commission. An inquiry regarding the same was conducted by the human resource development ministry.

According to another anonymous complaint, an inflated student number was shown in the successful running chain of Mothers Pride schools in the capital that organized by the wife of the accused CBSE official.

Although, Singh denied from all allegations saying that he was innocent and was framed in the case because of jealousy.

DU Third Cutoff List: Commerce, Eng, Eco courses Remains Open

It is assumed that seats for popular courses such as English, economics and commerce will be available in the third cutoff list. Admission to various courses of Delhi University after the declaration of second cutoff list will be closed from 3 July 2013 and the third cutoff list will released on 4 July 2013.

 Hindu College may release new cutoffs for economics, English and commerce as seats are still vacant. In addition, it is expected that some students may withdraw due to the introduction of new courses. Even the situation in economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce is still uncertain where 69 students got admission against 62 seats.

 The Kamala Nehru College will also issue third cut off for its economics as only 29 out of 86 seats were filled. Alongside seats in journalism, philosophy and Sanskrit course are also vacant although only one withdrawal is encountered till now.

 The cutoff list of Kirori Mal College is hard to predict as 70-80 withdrawals are encountered till now. Economics at Miranda house may also available for third cutoff list although officials hesitate to comment over it. Alongside the third cutoff list for English and computer science may also issued by Miranda house.

 Admission to science courses in several colleges are closed however Ramjas is probably to release third cutoff list for chemistry and physics with 100 seats in each. Along with withdrawals of 130 seats has been encountered in statistics and mathematics courses as many applications were received after second cutoff.

An app that Promises to Change Education

Social Media and Internet technology has changed the way people interact and communicate with their peers and friends. The internet technology has penetrated almost every sphere of human life and same is the case with Education. With this article we are going to describe an app that could change the way education and knowledge is imparted to students.

A professor pulls out a tablet-like device in the class and marks students who are absent. After the class, he enters the part of the syllabus he covered during that hour. The data, updated on a central server, is visible to the principal, head of the department, students and parents. He also conducts a test for students, on the mobile phone.

The application, which is redefining the way academic chores are traditionally managed by colleges, is from a Bangalore-based company, Ipomo. It is being used in 46 colleges (PU, degree, engineering, pharmacy, polytechnic) across Karnataka.

It all started in 2008 when there was no Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter; and the only big thing was gaming. It struck Hari Prakash Shanbhog and Vidyadhara S Talya, who were in Wipro then, that they should do something on the mobile space for youngsters. The two zeroed in on an education app.

Ipomo was founded in 2008 and angel funded by Rajeev Kuchhal, former vice president, Infosys, and former COO, On-Mobile; and Sanjeev Joshi, former vice president, Infosys.

They started in 2009 with an app to enable students applying for the CET to take a mock test. “There were umpteen coaching centres. So we didn’t want to get into that. The mock test enables students to compete with hundreds of others in different parts of the state, and not just with a few others in a classroom,” says Hari Prakash.

The first test went live the next year in partnership with Base, and was taken by 3,380 students of 50 colleges in nine towns. This year, Ipomo improvised the app, making it a portal of ‘Rooms’, or a collection of services. Ipomo also launched a Goodnight Test. “That’s a test a student can take in the night to check how well he or she has learned during the day. It became quite popular,” says Hari Prakash.

The app has a Campus Finder that helps students or parents to filter colleges based on location and stream. Colleges are filtered on the basis of cutoff ranks of previous year’s CET admission.

Currently the app is being used by 42,302 students of PU, degree, engineering and MBA streams. There are 8,327 students in the CET Room; and more than 70% of students are using the Campus Finder.

 In 2010, when the first mock CET test went live, Ipomo, in response to requests from colleges, added features for lecturers to make their task easier. This was started as a pilot project in three colleges of Bangalore: Seshadripurm PU College, Seshadripuram First Grade College , and Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College For Women. Currently, all government first grade colleges in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Coorg are using the system.