Ed.CET-2013 Exam Result Declared by Andhra University

According to the latest news from the Indian Education sector one of the renowned names in Indian Education fraternity Andhra University, Visakhapatnam has announced the Result of Education Common Entrance Test-2013 (Ed.CET-2013) on 20 June 2013. Candidates who appeared in the exam conducted on 3rd June 2013 and have been waiting anxiously for the result may now check their result status by using Hall Ticket Numbers. The Ed.CET 2013 Results are available on the official website of AP Ed.CET. Here is the result link:

Aspiring candidates can also access their Ed. CET results through SMS mode, for which they have to type EDCET space Hall Ticket Number and send a SMS to 56767999.

Education Common Entrance Test (Ed.CET) is a Common Entrance Test conducted every year by the CONVENER, Ed.CET-2013, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) for admission into B.Ed. Regular Course in the Colleges of Education across Andhra Pradesh state of India.

Source: Jagranjosh.com

CBSE Introduces an Assessment Concept for Class IX & XI

According to the latest news from the Indian education fraternity the authorities of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have decided to introduce the concept of open text based assessment (OTBA) for classes IXth and XIth. With this the goal of the organization is to incorporate analytical and theoretical skills, thus moving away from memorization, OTBA would be introduced in March, 2014 examination of these two classes.

Objective of this new element

• It will introduce Value Based Questions and extend all main subjects to 15-20 percent. The textual material will be provided to the schools prior to the commencement of the Summative Assessment II.

• For class IX this will apply to all subjects whereas this concept will apply in few Class XI subjects including Economics, Biology, Geography.

• This Open Text Based Assessment will comprise of different questions related to higher order thinking skill which include creative, subjective and open ended.

• The textual material only contains the important concepts of the syllabus. This student can get this material in the form of a diagram, a concept/mind map, a case study, a picture or cartoon, an article or problem/situation based queries.

• This will be followed from the second term.

According to news from the sources the text material/ case-studies for both the Classes IX and XI will be supplied to schools in December, 2013. Commenting on the issue, Shalini Dikshit, Principal KV New Cant said, “We have been given the instructions to follow the decision of the board as it has been introduced after much deliberation and every pro and con has been weighed upon”.

The students who are presently in class IX and XI would be giving their SA-II exam based on this new concept, she added.

The textual material may be in the form of an article, a case study, a diagram, a concept/mind map, a picture or a cartoon, problem/situation based on the concepts taught to the students during second term.

It will cover around 15-20% of the course in all the main subjects and may also include the value based questions.

The instructions further mentions that the textual material will be related to chosen concepts taken from the syllabi as OTBA will have questions of higher order thinking skills and some of which may be subjective, creative and open ended.

Source: timesofindia.com and jagranjosh.com

Himachal Pradesh HC Quashes Petitions Challenging closure of 8 Colleges

According to the latest news from the Indian Education Fraternity the Himachal Pradesh high court has upheld the government’s decision to close down eight government degree colleges that had reportedly been opened in haste, without proper infrastructure and budgetary provisions, by the outgoing government last year, and dismissed a bunch of petitions challenging the new government’s decision.

After hearing both sides, the division bench of Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh observed that the first issue that needs to be examined is whether the impugned decision of the state government is legal or not.

Writing for the bench, Justice Khanwilkar noted, “There can be no difficulty in conceding to the state government move to undo its earlier decision after a review of the situation.”

In all, eight petitions filed by affected parents or students, pertaining to the eight colleges opened between June 23, 2012 and September 6, 2012 at Rewalsar, Nihri, Ladbharol, Baldwara, Sarahan, Nankhari, Kasauli and Kotla, were set aside by the court, which did not accept the contention that the decision to shut down these institutions was taken out of political vendetta.

“It is neither a case of casual decision taken by the new government nor because of any political vendetta, but purely on the basis of records considered during the cabinet meeting in which the said decision was taken,” the judges observed.

Before adjudicating on the petitions, the court recorded that for the 2012-13 academic session, there were only 104 students admitted in the eight colleges, which were opened hurriedly in makeshift accommodations of three to five rooms.

For 2013-14, the government had set aside a budget of Rs 192 crore for higher education that would cater to the needs of the existing 67 government degree colleges, 1,327 senior secondary schools and 848 high schools. A new college involved a minimum investment of Rs 5 crore just for civil works, which had not been contemplated in the budgetary provisions, the court recorded.

Before de-notifying the opening of new colleges on March 2, 2013, the court, after examining the original file, noted that the cabinet on February 19, 2013 took a conscious decision in public interest.

Inputs, provided by a review undertaken by higher education department to the cabinet, clearly revealed the inadequate strength of students and lack of infrastructure in new colleges opened, the judges observed.

62 JEE Applicants Seek Re-Evaluation

Four days after the answer sheets of candidates who had taken the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2013 were put on a website, only 62 students have applied for re-evaluation. Last year, the JEE office had received as many as 258 applications for re-evaluation. But the numbers of papers were 9 lakh as 4.5 lakh students had appeared in 2012.

“We have got around 62 applications for re-evaluation. The number may be even less as some applications could be faulty. Considering the fact that there were 3 lakh papers (two for each candidate), this is a very small number,” Dr. H C Gupta, organizing chairman, JEE (Advanced) – 2013, said

Last year, it was for the first time that IIT uploaded the corrected optical response sheets of all the candidates on the JEE website to maintain transparency and maintain any errors. This year the evaluated answer sheets were made available online from June 13 to June 17. The student had to pay 500(Indian rupees) for each question to be reviewed.

“The initiative of providing solutions and uploading the answer sheets of the aspirants before declaring the result has been a great success. This year we have done double scanning and even used image integration for minimizing any error in evaluation,’’ Dr. Gupta said. Compared to last year when IIT had admitted to two questions being incorrect and had given no marks to candidates in both, this year no question has been declared incorrect. “After getting feedback and proper examination, we have simply allowed flexibility in options in two questions, one in paper I (maths) and another in paper 2 (physics),’’ he added.

Nearly 1.5 lakh students had appeared for the exam.

Source: HindustanTimes

CBSE All Set to Stop Publishing Sample Papers for XI and XII Standards

Amid growing number of high scores in Board Exams, the regulatory authority Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to stop publishing the popular sample papers to help students prepare for their exams. According to reports from the sources the Board assumes that the sample papers have contributed a lot to this trend of gaining high scores on just having the surface level of knowledge. And, the increase in high scores at class XII level also push high cutoffs for admissions at undergraduate level in topmost colleges across the country.

As per the board, many students limit their studies to the solved sample papers, and yet score high marks without really having knowledge of the complete syllabus. The board presumes that without the sample papers, students will go through the detailed studies instead of selective mode, if they want to score high in exams.

The number of high scorers has been increased significantly since 2011. In fact, in 2013, 44,676 (5.03%) students scored 90% and above as against of that 15,839 (2.5%) five years back. Even the number of students obtaining 95% and above have been increased from 1020 (0.16%) in 2009 to 7231 (0.81%) in the current year.

The issue was discussed in the last meeting of the board and then it was decided by the governing body of the board that the sample papers will no longer be provided to the senior secondary students. The solved sample papers for CBSE subjects have been on print for over 20 years, aimed at giving the pattern of expected questions. In fact, there are a number of private publishers in the market who publish their own versions of sample papers following the trend of CBSE sample papers.

As per the CBSE Chairman, Vineet Joshi, students are increasingly getting selective in their studies and the sample papers are found to be the main reason behind this. As students are expected to study in a comprehensive manner, being selective in studies is just not the healthy academic practice. Hence forth, the sample papers will no longer be made available to the students.

Source: http://www.jagranjosh.com

AICTE and UGC Lock Horns over Regulatory Powers

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) lock horns over the order from the apex court that reiterates that the approval of AICTE is not required to obtain permission and run MBA courses by private institutions since it does not fall under the definition of technical education.

According to reports from the sources the apex court had also said AICTE’s role vis-a-vis universities was “only advisory, recommendatory and one of providing guidance and has no authority empowering it to issue or enforce any sanctions by itself”. Instead, the apex court had said regulatory function was with UGC or the university.

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To fill the vacuum, UGC has written to all universities with affiliating colleges that no new courses should be approved by them. UGC also said it would not approve any new course. A senior UGC official said, “This has been done to fill the vacuum. AICTE had already finished the process for 2013-14 by the time the SC order came. For 2014-15, new process would be announced later.”

However, AICTE officials said UGC’s letter to universities should not have been sent. “It will lead to confusion. UGC is aware that HRD ministry is preparing an ordinance to undo the SC order,” an AICTE official said. UGC officials said its letter was just to make it clear that some regulatory mechanism was in place.

Meanwhile, ministry sources said efforts were underway to ensure HRD ministry’s ordinance was taken up by the Cabinet this week. The ordinance redefines ‘technical institution’ and includes “colleges, maintained or admitted to the privileges of university, affiliated colleges, constituent colleges, autonomous colleges, colleges recognized by any university, department of private or deemed universities”. The SC had said only MCA fell under the definition of technical education.

Since the SC had pointed out that amendments in regulations of AICTE Act were not placed before Parliament, the ordinance says provisions of AICTE Act shall have effect notwithstanding any court order and any other law for the time being.

Source:http://www.timesofindia.com

Student Detects Vulnerability in Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Website

The news could be unsettling for students as well as professionals who are associated with Indian certificate of Secondary Education Board as reports from sources confirms that the Board’s website is vulnerable to security frauds and there are lacunae that could be manipulated to access various sensitive data. The claim was made by a class XI student from Rajkot who tried to hack the website to determine if the website is secured enough to access confidential information. According to the report the website of the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) website is inflicted with cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability that can easily be manipulated to access the confidential information.

Monark Modi, the young web security enthusiast, told TOI that he was checking the central board results for class X earlier this month. “At that time, I came across a glitch that I could exploit with a simple authentication bypass technique. Once I entered the dashboard, I could see pages containing the results of 13,000 students. I was shocked as with the proper knowledge, it could have been manipulated by someone,” He said According to a report by an online security major, cross-site scripting was found to be a reason for security vulnerability in 84% of cases. Experts say that better coding and monitoring cookies and scripts active at the time of functioning can reduce the risk.

Modi said that he has so far reported XSS related glitches to more than 12 sites of various industries. “More often than not, the company officials invest in designs and features and ignore the security aspect. In major websites where hundreds or thousands visit every day, it can lead to instances ranging from identity theft to financial fraud,” he said.

Source: The Times of India

Maharashtra SSC Mark Sheets to be Distributed Today after 3pm

In a latest move in the Indian education sector the mark sheets of the secondary school certificate (SSC, class X) examination will be distributed by respective schools on Saturday at 3 pm. The results of the examination were announced online on June 7, by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Students can access the results of their examination online on June 7 by the respective authority.

It is important to emphasis here that the examination was conducted across nine divisional boards in Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Amravati, Nashik, Latur, Mumbai, Konkan and Kolhapur. Respective school authority will be provided with the result books and mark-sheets at 11 am Saturday however, students can get their copy from 3pm.

According to the statements given by the state board students who wish to get their marks verified will have to submit an application in the prescribed format to the respective divisional boards from June 15 to June 25 along with the prescribed fee. A photocopy of the original mark sheet has to be attached to the application form. Photocopies of mark sheets downloaded from the websites will not be accepted for the application for verification.

Students who wish to reappear for the SSC exam to be conducted in October 2013 should submit the exam application form in the prescribed format to the schools with regular fees by June 25 and with late fees till June 29. TNNUnder the class improvement scheme introduced by the board in 2008, students who wish to improve on their performance have two chances to reappear for the examin October 2013 and March 2014, the statement said.

UP Board class X Results Declared

In a latest news in the Indian education sector Uttar Pradesh (UP) Secondary Education Board on Saturday declared class 10th (high school) results. According to reports from the authority out of 34 lakhs students 29 lakhs were declared passed constituting a total pass percentage of 87%.

As usual girls outperformed boys in the examination with a total pass percentage of 92%.The pass percentage of boys was reported to be 83% a sharp reduction of 9% comparatively. Some of the toppers who rocked the examination are Ashutosh Mishra, a student from Barabanki District of the state. Mishra emerged as the highest rank holder in the ladder and scored a pass percentage of 97%. Ashutosh was followed by Aradhana Shukla a student from Barabanki District; she stood second with a total pass percentage of 96.17%.

As many as 114 under trial 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 at http://upresults.nic.in

CBSE Declares Class XII Results: Chennai Tops the Performance Ladder

In latest news in the Indian education sector The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared results of Senior School Certificate Examination 2013 (Class XII) on early Monday. The results for the same are made available on the following websites – www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in . Students can dial-up on these numbers to check their results and performance – 011-24300699, 011-28127030. To facilitate smooth conversation with the students like other years this year too students can also register for SMS alert.

According to the news from the sources over 82 per cent students cleared the 2013 Class XII CBSE examinations, with girls as-usual outshining the boys. While considering the overall performance of States in India Chennai tops the performance ladder beating others in the overall pass percentage.

In all, 8, 15,749 students registered for the Class XII examination this year, which was also an increase of about 5.94% over 2011. Girls continued to fare better than boys with 86.21% clearing the exam as compared to 75.80% boys.

The results this year in particular assumes significance for students who aspire to make it to the IITs as weightage is given for the Class XII performance. Rank holders in the JEE advance under the new format must be among the top 20 performers for admission to the IITs.

Like other years this year too, CBSE has started a 15-day counseling facility for students to help them boost their moral and confidence. This year, 45 principals, trained counselors from CBSE affiliated government and private schools and few psychologists are participating in counseling to address psychological problems of the students.

Students can dial toll free number 1800 118 004 from any part of the country to get centralized access to CBSE helpline. While the general queries will be answered by the operators, students can connect to the principals or counselors in case of result related anxiety or stress.

Source: Indian Express and Times of India