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Over the delay in the appointment of Prof Partha Pratim Chakrabarti as the Director of IIT Kharagpur, the institution's alumni association has decided to submit a petition to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday.

The alumni association on Friday had forwarded a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee. Mukherjee is also a visitor at the institute. The petition said that for over a year now the institute does not have a full-time director. This, the petition read, was affecting the growth and reputation of the institute. The institute's alumni association has held silent marches across three cities protesting the delay in Prof Chakrabarti's appointment.

Prof Chakrabarti was recommended for the post in July 2012 but his appointment ran into trouble when the CVC sought action against him for his role in the coal-net scam. Arjun Malhotra, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, said the association has decided to wait till July 29 for the HRD Ministry to announce the appointment. Otherwise, they would approach the court, Malhotra added.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iitkharagpur-alumni-to-approach-pmo-today/1144915/

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The guardians of new students at IIT-Kanpur who had come to help their wards settle down were disappointed with the exorbitant rates being charged for items of daily use by stalls put up by private parties on the campus.

In fact, the parents complained that some of the stall owners were increasing the rates with each passing hour. "I have come from Haryana with my son and had to buy essential items from scratch. But the people at the stalls clearly looted us. A bicycle whose price was quoted as Rs 3500 initially was being offered for Rs 4,000 to me on my second visit. This swindling is not something one expects at an IIT," said a parent.

"Why is there no check on such activities on the IIT-K campus?" questioned another disgruntled father who had come from Chindwara, Rajasthan. The parents said articles like plastic buckets were priced much higher at the campus stalls than in the outside market.

"We are new to this place and have no idea where to buy essential items from. Therefore, we bought from these stalls though we felt cheated. IIT-Kanpur authorities should ensure that these items are available to us easily and at original prices," lamented the mother of a meritorious student who had come to drop her son from Chennai.

When TOI spoke to Prof AK Ghosh, Dean, Student Affairs, IIT-Kanpur, he first claimed ignorance over the matter. Prof Ghosh later said that the people coming to IIT-Kanpur from rural background may be feeling as if they are being over-charged but this is not the case.

He added that IIT-Kanpur had nothing to do with these private sellers and there were no guidelines for them with respect to sale of products on the campus.

Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-21/kanpur/40707801_1_iit-kanpur-stalls-iit-k-campus

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The 63-year-old Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), the country's oldest, has been headless for almost a year now and the teachers and alumni say its high time a decision is taken on filling the post.

In an unusual step, teachers and alumni staged a hunger strike, silent march and other protests not just in the IIT-KGP campus, but also in Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore.

"We started the protest as it is high time that action is taken. A premier institution like IIT cannot remain without a director for so long," said Atul Bal, a member of the IIT-Kharagpur Alumni Association.

"There is an acting director, but not all decisions can be taken by him," Bal told IANS.

IIT Teachers Association general secretary Rajendra Singh said they had to resort to protest as their voice was not being heard.

"We are academicians, not politicians. We have lot of work at hand, but we had to keep everything aside and come forward," Rajendra Singh told IANS.

"We wrote letters to the HRD (human resource development) ministry to take the necessary steps. We even wanted to go to Delhi but we were not given an appointment. One cannot just wait and watch," he added.

"Our protest is to safeguard the interests of the institution. It has to sustain in today's competitive world and only a regular director can take policy decisions," he said.

IIT-KGP is the oldest of the now 16 IITs, founded in May 1950. It is also among the best, ranking 30th among Asian universities according to Times Higher Education survey.

Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, popularly called PPC, was chosen by a committee set up by the HRD ministry.

Chakrabarti's name was nearly finalized but the ministry's vigilance department said its views were not sought and pointed out his involvement in the Coalnet scam. However, IIT-Kharagpur said its board of governors had quashed the CBI report against Chakrabarti and others. Still, Chakrabarti's appointment was halted.

Coalnet was a Rs.28 crore project to enable data sharing between the coal ministry, Coal India Limited (CIL) and its subsidiaries. It was awarded to IIT-Kharagpur. However, against the rules, the institute awarded the project to a third party owned by an alumnus.

The CBI and the CVC had probed the issue.

"We want a regular director, and we want PPC because he is one the most qualified academicians and was selected by HRD ministry's committee. The institute needs a director for stable policy decision making," Rajinder Singh said.

Asked if the situation may impact the quality or brand of the institution, he said students had been kept away from the entire affair.

"We do not want to disturb the students. But in the absence of a director, the decision making may be effected," Rajinder Singh said.

Some people smell a rat in the whole affair.

"We do smell a rat here because of the two others involved in the case, A.K. Bhowmick has already been made director of IIT-Patna. Therefore what is the problem with PPC," questioned V.K. Jaitly, president of Delhi wing of IIT-Kharagpur Alumni Association.

"There are other aspects to the issue. In such matters, the CVC should have come up with s report in two months. Why it is being delayed is not known to us," Bal said.

"We feel something is building. An appointment letter was issued, and this was after scrutiny. After that, the CVC came up with some observations," he added.

Rajinder Singh pointed out that the CBI had only fined Chakrabarti, so the issue was being blown out of proprtion.

"The board of governors, which is the highest decision-making body, cleared him twice. HRD ministry had given clearance, and then the matter is hanging with CVC," said Rajinder Singh.

According to CVC guidelines, matters with minor penalty must be resolved within two months of receiving statements. Alumni members say Chakrabarti had responded to the first CVC/CBI enquiry over four-and-a-half years ago.


Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/headless-iit-crying-for-director-teachers-alumni-113072100140_1.html

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Physics, The most interesting subject ever – is the subject that can give a competitive edge to JEE aspirants. For entrance exam preparation, an aspirant should refer books like Concepts in Physics (Vol 1 and Vol 2) H.C. Verma, Irodov for Mechanics and Arihant (G.C Agarwal) for all topics. However, it is advisable by experts that one should consult NCERT books before plugging into complex problems.


Besides, practice previous year JEE question papers and attempt  mock tests highly advisable to understand the exam pattern. After Mathematics, Physics is considered as second toughest paper. To score high in this subject, an aspirant should have a systematic and well planned strategy for this exam. Here are some must follow tips on Physics.

1. As per previous year papers, Majority of questions were asked on Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Laws of motion in mechanics, modern physics, waves and sound, electrostatics and electric current etc. these are some of the highly scoring topics as compared to other chapters. So one should practice more from these topics.

2. Some topics in physics, you may find more difficult to grasp even it is possible that some of your doubts may not be clear in the first reading. So put a mark and move on to the next chapter without wasting your time and later on clear your doubts immediately from teachers, experts, colleagues.

3. Jot down the important points, formulas and their explanation in a separate notebook. These notes will help you in doing quick revision later on. Draw a diagram while solving a question to understand the problem comprehensively.

4. Revise the topics you are comfortable with this will enhance your motivational level. Attempt as many sample question papers as you can. Attempt JEE online test series as well to test your potential.

5. Last but not the least, it is very difficult to master all the chapters. The Chapters or Topics you find  easy and quite scoring you should master such chapters or Topics.

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About 80 IIT aspirants failed to get admission to the prestigious institutes in the just concluded admission process due to the differing calculations between the state boards and the IITs in arriving at the top 20 percentile of successful candidates.

HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju, who met IIT Delhi director R K Shevgaonkar, disclosed about this discrepancy and a likely reason which could have deprived students from taking admissions to the IITs despite good ranks.

Talking to reporters, he said some states which included Andhra Pradesh could have made calculations inconsistent with the one adopted by the IITs. According to him, "the top 20 percentile was calculated by these state boards based on the number of students who appeared in the class XII board examinations, while it should have been the total number of students who passed the exam."

Admission to 16 IITs, under the new format, is based performance in JEE (Advanced). Students who have done well should also be among the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in class XII examination conducted by various school boards.

Raju, however, did not elaborate when asked for the reason for the differing calculations.

When asked if the affected students would get reprieve, he said, "We will see, will look into how many have got affected and on what basis."

Report suggests that 79 students have been hit. However, he said he is waiting for more clarifications on the matter and intends to hold a couple of more meetings on the admission process which would also include the system of normalisation of marks.

Asked if his ministry was considering to revert back to the old system of admission, Raju remarked that "the present system was adopted as per the wisdom of the IIT council and it's for them to see what is fare and what is not."

Raju's meeting with the IIT Delhi director came in wake of complaints from students and parents about confusions in the admission to the IITs under the new format of entrance test for which weightage is given to performance in board exams along with the entrance test.

Students in Andhra Pradesh are reported to have been the worst hit, where the cut-off marks for top 20 percentile of successful candidates in the general category declared by board was 459 out of 500.

This sharply contrasts with states like Tripura where the cut-off declared by the board was 268 out of 500.

Andhra Pradesh government is reported to have already raised objections to the new admission process. Even the high court there is hearing a petition challenging the admission process.

Some of the students who could not get admissions to the NIT because of the new admission procedure are also fighting a legal case.

Source: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-07-17/news/40635575_1_admission-process-iit-delhi-top-20-percentile

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Indecision by the HRD ministry could hit the fate of 79 IIT aspirants who could not get into the prestigious IITs due to variance in calculation between the state boards and the institutions in deciding the top 20 percentile of students in class XII.

On Wednesday, HRD minister M M Pallam Raju met IIT-Delhi director R K Shevgaonkar and discussed the discrepancy in calculation. After the meeting Raju said, "Immediately after the class XII board results came out state boards calculated percentile by factoring in total number of students who appeared in the board examination. But CBSE calculated percentile on the basis of students who passed class XII examination." While the discrepancy has been noted in many state boards but it is Andhra Pradesh that has been worst hit as the first calculation made 89% as cut-off which went up to 91.8% as per CBSE's calculation.

Reminiscent of his stand during the Delhi University's four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), Raju was non-committal about the action the ministry can take. "We will see, will look into how many have got affected and on what basis," he said. Raju said he would like to have more clarifications on the matter and intends to hold a couple of more meetings on the admission process which would also include the system of normalization of marks. He was evasive about the question on reverting to the old system of admission to IITs. He said, "The present system was adopted as per the wisdom of the IIT council and it's for them to see what's fair and what's not."

Ministry officials say that since majority of the students affected are from Raju's home state Andhra Pradesh he would have be more proactive than in the past. Already, the Andhra Pradesh government has lodged a strong protest with the HRD ministry. "The matter is pending in the Supreme Court but ministry can still intervene," a source said.


Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-07-18/news/40656752_1_m-m-pallam-raju-hrd-ministry-class-xii-examination

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The goof-up in the calculation of percentile for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2013 can be traced to a set of contradictory instructions issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to the school boards.

A letter sent by CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi on June 17 to the Punjab School Education Board, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, clearly states that admission to IITs will be "based on category wise all-India rank in JEE (Advanced), subject to the condition that such candidates are in the top 20 percentile of successful candidates in Class XII examination conducted by their boards in applicable categories." The same letter, however, gives a formula for calculating the percentile based on the total number of students who appeared for the exam and not the total number of successful candidates.

It even gives an example of such a calculation, which also shows the percentile based on the total number of candidates who appeared for the exam.

Following this formula, the Punjab board calculated the top 20 percentile candidates from the almost 3.3 lakh candidates who appeared for the exam, instead of the 2.2 lakh students who had actually passed, and prepared a list of over 67,000 students (in general category). It is learnt that over 750 students from the Punjab board have made it to the JEE (Advanced).

While Joshi could not be contacted, CBSE advisor B M Gupta maintained that the calculation on the basis of the total number of candidates who appeared for the exam was correct.

However Prof H C Gupta, organising chairman, JEE 2013, had told The Indian Express on Tuesday that the top 20 percentile was to be calculated on the basis of students who passed the exam.


Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cbse-letter-behind-jee-percentile-calculation-goofup/1143778/

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Majority of state boards have faulted in calculating the cut-off for students passing the Class 12 examination, leading to confusion among Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants on their eligibility for admission to the premier technical institutes, a Central government inquiry has found.

According to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, these state boards calculated top-20 percentile cut-off on all the students who appeared in the Class 12 board examination instead of taking into account only those who passed it during calculation.

“It should have been the total number of students who passed the exam. We have asked for some more clarification,” said HRD Minister M M Palam Raju, referring to the preliminary findings of his ministry. Recently, there were reports that some 79 students could not make it to the IITs despite scoring well in JEE-Advance because of flaws in the calculation of their percentile by the joint admission board of the premier technical institutes.

While finalising the JEE format, the IIT council last year had decided that only 20-percentile holders in Class 12 board examinations will be considered for admissions to IITs on the basis of their performance in the JEE-Advance.

Admissions to the NITs and other centrally-funded technical institutions will be considered on the basis of students’ performance in JEE-Main and their Class 12 board exam score, normalised under a formula.

A controversy, however, was sparked over the formulae developed to calculate the percentile and normalise the board marks after results of JEE were announced.
“Let’s see how many have been affected. We will have to look at how many got affected, what basis got affected,” said the HRD Minister when asked if he would consider giving relief to students who could not make it to the IITs just because of some flaw in the calculation of percentile.


Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/345469/flawed-percentile-calculation-deprives-iit.html

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Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has urged the Centre to take steps to compute 20 percentile of the candidates who appeared for CBSE examinations by taking all the subjects into account instead of those of his/her stream. This alone will help Andhra Pradesh students who appeared for JEE-2013, he said.

Review of procedure sought

Mr. Reddy has written to Union Minister for HRD M. M. Pallam Raju, seeking a review of procedure being followed for admission into engineering colleges, including the suggestion to abolish weightage for Class XII marks and to select the candidates based on all-India exam only.

The procedure should be “transparent and rational” without giving any room for doubts among the candidates.

Anomalous situations

Referring to admission in NITs, he said the 40 per cent weightage being given to marks for Class XII exam was causing anomalous situations.

Two students from the State stood first and second in the country in Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) mains but their names did not figure even in the top 300 ranks due to the 40 per cent weightage given to the XII marks.

He said in the case of IITs, the top 20 percentile of XII class examination at 91.89 per cent for Andhra Pradesh was the highest in the country.

Consequently, many students who cleared the JEE (Advanced) exam and secured good marks, failed to get eligibility to join IITs as they obtained less than 91.89 per cent marks in the class XII exam. “This is highly discriminatory”.

Meanwhile, an official in the Chief Minister’s office said all the necessary arrangements had been made to commence admissions into the engineering colleges in the State, once the stay obtained by the engineering college managements over filling of “B” category seats was vacated.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/jee-kiran-seeks-justice-for-ap-students/article4923562.ece

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The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is yet to decide on reviewing the changes in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) joint entrance examination (JEE), but the IITs have given their verdict - the changes have been brought about in a hurry and have complicated the examination.

"We had been, since the beginning, suggesting this new pattern should be implemented from 2014, but to no avail. Though incorporating board marks for admission to IITs is a good move, the new format was implemented in a hurry, without much thought," said Gautam Barua, director, IIT-Guwahati.

"The new IIT JEE has complicated the entire admission process," said Devang Khakhar, director, IIT-Bombay.

Last year, then MHRD minister Kapil Sibal had cleared the proposal to hold the JEE in two parts-main and advanced. Students applying to the IITs have to appear for JEE-main. Of these students, only the top 1,50,000 are eligible for JEE-advanced. For final admission to the 16 IITs, based on JEE-advanced, a student has to be among the top 20 percentile in his respective standard-XII board.

While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts JEE-main, JEE-advanced is conducted by IIT-Delhi.

Coaching institutes have said the new process of normalisation has made it difficult for deserving students to qualify. The director of a Kota-based coaching institute said, "If a student from Tripura who secured 58 per cent marks in board exams is selected, while one from Andhra Pradesh with 80 per cent isn't, there could be flaws in the system."

"We need to discuss with Indian Statistical Institute (which had prepared the formula for normalisation) experts how real is the issue and whether it a problem on a larger scale. Only after such an analysis can any change be proposed in the process," said a senior IIT official.

Meanwhile, members of the IIT alumni associations are set to go on an agitation later this month to protest against the new system. Somnath Bharti, ex-president of IIT-Delhi Alumni Association and a Supreme Court lawyer, said the matter was sub judice. "We are looking at engaging directly with ministry officials on this issue. It is very unfortunate that these issues have cropped up," he said.

MHRD officials said the Andhra Pradesh government had taken up the issue in a high court.


'State boards interpreted 20% rule differently'
At a meeting between Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju and IIT officials on Wednesday, it was said in the case of the new JEE norms, while the IITs had meant the 20 percentile rule was applicable for students clearing JEE-advanced, state boards had taken it as applicable to 20 per cent of the students appearing for JEE-main.

"The method of calculation of the top 20 percentile had been clearly stated by us from day one. Therefore, we presented this to the minister…we wouldn't make any change to it. However, state boards used a different formula for normalisation and this resulted in the confusion," said a senior IIT official who attended the meeting. It was also decided IITs would draw up a list of students affected by the new rule and hold another meeting to address the issue.


WHAT IS NORMALISATION?
Normalisation, as used in the Indian context, is a process for ensuring students are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by the difficulty of exams they do for the Boards. This process is used in other countries with similar issues as in India

Normalisation process requires one to know the following

Percentile score: Percentile score of a candidate in a Board or JEE (Main) will reflect what percentage of candidates have scored below that candidate in that Board or JEE (Main) Examination

A percentile score is the value of below which a certain per cent of observations fall. For example, the 20th percentile is the value (or score) below which 20 per cent of the observations may be found

Example: Suppose we have 13,711 candidates in a Board, and a candidate who's score is 60% of Board marks has 6,865 candidates below him; his percentile score will be calculated as follows

Percentile score for 60% of Board marks: 6,865/13,711 x 100

Percentile: 50.07


Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/management/jee-changes-made-in-a-hurry-iits-113071701032_1.html

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In yet another goof-up in the Joint Entrance Examination 2013, it has emerged that school boards and the IITs had calculated the top 20 percentile of students in different ways and this may have affected the admission prospects of a number of students.

Human Resource Development Minister Pallam Raju admitted Wednesday that the top 20 percentile as calculated by several school boards was different from the top 20 percentile calculated for the admission process by the 15 IITs.

JEE 2013 has two elements — the JEE Main for screening and JEE Advanced for the final IIT merit list.

In this format, 40 per cent weightage is given to Class 12 scores at the screening stage in JEE Main for determining admission to NITs, IIITs and other engineering institutes.

Students who clear JEE Main and are in the top 20 percentile in their respective boards were eligible to appear for JEE Advanced. Board marks have been 'normalised' across school boards to ensure a level playing field to students from all states.

While IITs have calculated the top 20 percentile of each board on the basis of the number of students who passed in that board this year, almost all school boards have calculated their top 20 percentile on the basis of the number of students who appeared for the board examination.

The HRD ministry, however, has concluded that the IITs cannot be blamed for this mismatch as they had clearly said in their admission notification that the top 20 percentile would be calculated against the number of successful students.

As many as 79 students have already been denied admission to IITs even after getting initial offers due to this mismatch in percentile calculation. In the case of Andhra Pradesh, Raju's home state from where most complaints against the new JEE format have come, the first cut-off was 89 per cent which had to be corrected to 91.8 per cent. This resulted in many students not getting admission.

The IITs, meanwhile, said that even though some students may have been affected due to this calculation mismatch, little could be done now as they had already closed admissions.

"Almost every school board has calculated the top 20 percentile on the basis of students who appeared for the boards and not on the basis of students who passed, as was required. There has been, in fact, a 2-3 per cent variation in the cut-off scores as calculated by state school boards and IITs. We have, however, admitted students as per our mandate and have been extra cautious as this is a new system. We have also now closed admissions so how can we accommodate new students at this stage," Prof H C Gupta, Organising Chairman JEE 2013, told The Indian Express.

Sources in the HRD ministry said that the state boards had not been careful while calculating the top 20 percentile and should not have gone ahead first and declared their cut-off scores in such a hurry. Still others said the school boards may have calculated the top 20 percentile in a different manner as they may not have understood the CBSE's guidelines clearly.

The HRD minister had Wednesday called a meeting with Gupta, top officials of the HRD ministry and CBSE, where this issue was discussed as were the complaints regarding the normalisation of board scores. Raju has been getting a steady stream of complaints on the normalisation process used to give weightage to school boards and arrive at the top 20 percentile across each board. Many students have claimed that there were serious doubts over the normalisation formula used and it had affected the ranking scored in the engineering exam.

The issue has also been challenged in three high courts.

Source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/students-pay-for-jee-percentile-calculation-goofup/1143436/0

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The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions into all medical and dental colleges. The apex court ruled that the Medical Council of India cannot conduct a unified examination.

The bench of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, Justices Vikramajeet Sen and Anil Dave gave a split verdict on the issue. While Justices Kabir and Sen ruled against MCI's single entrance exam, Justice Anil Dave was in favour of the examination.

The apex court ruled that private medical colleges will conduct their own entrance examination through their associations while the states and Central government will conduct their own tests.

The apex court dealt with the legal aspect and said the MCI can regulate rules for standardisation of excellence in education but cannot conduct a unified examination.

The NEET judgement also stand for those institutes that did not conduct any examination.

CEO Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka S Srikanth said, "What is important is the quality of medical education. The admissions are mostly based on money factor and not the merit factor."

In an interim order passed in May this year, the apex court had directed the MCI and all private colleges to start their admission process, as per the old guidelines where the MCI, state governments and private colleges conduct their separate exams.

Aspiring medicos have been arguing that a single NEET will make the admission process simpler and more transparent. A sting operation conducted by CNN-IBN in April this year, however, had exposed how private medical colleges were illegally selling medical seats for crores of rupees.


Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/sc-quashes-common-entrance-test-for-admission-in-medical-colleges/407514-3.html

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Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy requested the Ministry of Human Resource Development to make JEE as the sole criteria for admissions into the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

His appeal comes after several AP students who got good ranks in the joint engineering entrance (JEE) failed to secure admissions in these institutes owing to the weightage being given to the marks secured in Class 12 by the candidates, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

A 40 per cent weightage is being given to the marks secured by the students in Class 12 for admission to the NITs and 20 per cent for the same when it comes to IIT admissions.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/ap-cm-for-jee-as-sole-criteria-for-admissions-113071601131_1.html

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Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday urged Union HRD minister M Pallam Raju to help students from Andhra Pradesh who appeared for JEE-2013 by giving directions to his ministry to compute the 20 percentile score of all candidates who appeared in the board examination in all subjects, irrespective of the stream.

In a letter to the Union minister, the chief minister pleaded for review of the entire gamut of issues pertaining to the present admission procedure to engineering colleges including the suggestion for abolition of weightage to class XII marks and to select students based on all India competitive exam.

The CM said the procedure should be fair, transparent and rational and should not give room for any kind of doubt or misgivings among candidates.

He said the revised pattern of JEE, 2013, conducted by CBSE, for admissions to engineering colleges is causing considerable heartburn among students in Andhra Pradesh.

Giving examples, the CM pointed that 40% weightage being given to marks secured by students in class XIIth for NIT admission is giving rise to anomalous situations. "For instance, two students from Andhra Pradesh stood 1st and 2nd in the country in the JEE (Main). However, after according the 40% weightage, they did not figure even in the list of top 300 selected candidates," the CM pointed.

The chief minister said that whatever be the merits of the normalization policy, it's neither rational nor fair if a student scoring more marks in both the class XIIth exams and the JEE (Main), awarded a lower rank than those who get less marks in both.

Similarly, the CM pointed out that in the IIT entrance examination, the top 20 percentile of the XIIth class examination at 91.89 per cent for Andhra Pradesh is the highest in the country, while the lowest is as low as 56.2 per cent.

"As a result, many students from AP who cleared the JEE (Advanced) and got good ranks have not become eligible to join the IITs, as they obtained less than 91.89 per cent marks in the class XIIth examination," CM said and added that this is highly discriminatory.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/CM-wants-JEE-anomalies-set-right/articleshow/21111761.cms

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Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday urged the Centre to initiate both interim and long term measures to ensure that students from AP are not put to undue disadvantage in national level tests including IIT-JEE.

In this regard, the CM has written to Union HRD minister M.sM. Pallam Raju. Ironically, the state government has made two important suggestions to the Centre which contradict its own practices being followed for Eamcet tests.

The CM suggested that there should be no weightage to marks secured in class XII and admission should be based on the entrance test only. Whereas the state gives 25 per cent weightage to class XII marks in Eamcet.

He also requested the Centre to take into consideration the marks obtained by all the students who appeared for intermediate examination, irrespective of the streams, in all subjects to arrive at the top 20 percentile at the national level.

This is also contradictory to the state’s policy of  taking into consideration the marks obtained by students in group subjects like maths, physics and chemistry for engineering and biology, physics and chemistry for medicine.

The CM said that the revised admission pattern of JEE has  caused considerable grief to thousands of bright students of AP. He  directed the higher education principal secretary to take immediate steps to get a stay order from the HC against admissions to B category seats vacated.

Source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130717/news-current-affairs/article/iit-jee-issue-goes-centre

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Nishant Gupta’s rank was 1,256 in the IIT joint entrance examination (advanced) — the second stage of the test — this year and he also scored 91.1% in the Andhra Pradesh board exam for class 12.

He was, however, denied admission to any IIT because his board marks did not figure in the top 20 percentile (top 20%), which was pegged at 91.8% for the Andhra Pradesh board.

“I got an offer to take up civil engineering at IIT-Bombay but it was cancelled because of the percentile factor. The standard of IITs will go down with such criteria. The government wanted a single exam but it has multiplied the number of exams,” Nishant said.

Yash Mehrotra was happy with his JEE (main, first stage) marks and was expecting a rank among the top 20,000 to get a seat in one of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). His dream turned sour when he saw his rank a few weeks later.

The two are fighting legal cases.

The change in the old pattern for admission to engineering institutes, including the IITs this year has caused a lot of resentment among aspirants.

The need for change was articulated by various committees that felt students were ignoring tuition at school and focusing more on coaching institutes, and recommended giving some weight to the class 12 performance.

The government, therefore, decided to have two exams — JEE (main) and JEE (advanced) — from this year. The JEE (main) was a filtering exam in which the top 150,000 students were chosen to appear for the JEE (advanced), the gateway for admission to the IITs. The JEE (main) is for admitting students to NITs and centrally-funded technical institutes.

For admission to IITs, the eligibility criterion was changed from securing 60% in the board exam to being in the top 20 percentile.

This itself is flawed because the cuts-offs are highly differentiated, ranging from 91.8% for the Andhra board to 53% for the Tripura board.

Admission to NITs is similarly mired in a complicated system of weaving (called mapping) board percentiles with JEE marks.

While the system has confused students, those who performed well enough to be placed in a high board percentile but secured poor JEE (main) marks have benefited.

The purpose with which the changed pattern was introduced has not been realised. Candidates are stressed, coaching organisations have mushroomed and, instead of focusing on studies, students are lost in the world of percentiles, cut-offs and all that.

So, was there any need for a change?

Experts who were part of the brainstorming team for the change acknowledge that the new system has not attained its goals and should be dropped from next year.

“The formula is so complicated that even an educated person cannot understand it easily. The NITs and IITs should now evolve a common model for admissions next year. There is no need for an advanced exam,” said Sanjay Dhande, former director, IIT-Kanpur.

IIT-Kanpur professor Dheeraj Sanghi, a member of the JEE Interface Group, which finalised the formula for admission to NITs, agreed.

“I think normalisations -- converting board percentages into percentiles -- and mapping have created confusion. I support going back to the 2012 pattern in 2014 with one change. Instead of 60% eligibility one should have percentile-based eligibility. It could be 75 percentile for the IITs and 70 percentile for the NITs.”

IIT-Guwahati director Gautam Baruah pitched in to say corrective measures should be taken next year.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Complex-system-for-getting-into-IIT-NIT-has-been-counterproductive/Article1-1093610.aspx

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IIT may no longer be the last word in tech education. The exalted institute is left with 217 vacant seats even after three rounds of counselling. since they were not lapped up by undergraduate students.

The counselling process came to an end at 16 IITs across the country recently and they have been forced to contend with these vacancies despite their best efforts to fill up the seats.

And this, despite three rounds of counselling that the IITs have done in their bid to fill up as many seats as possible.

Till a couple of years back, the IITs would hold only one round of counselling since they thought it to be beneath their dignity to keep counselling for such premium seats open for too long. But times have changed. With the number of IITs going up to 16 and that of the seats to 10,000, from 4000 in 2006, the entire IIT undergraduate pedagogy has changed.

While the admission chairpersons at the IITs say that the number of vacant seats has been far less compared to last year, the IIT faculty at the older institutes like Kharagpur, Delhi, Powai and Madras rue the fact that there has been a 'watering down' of IIT education with the Union ministry of human resources development deciding to open the new IITs. Last year the number of vacant seats was 322, while in 2011 a whopping 757 seats remained vacant.

"As the number of IIT seats increased, the post counselling vacant seats became an issue. Till a few years back, we used to have just one counselling but since a large number of seats remained vacant, the MHRD directed us to do three rounds of counselling so that the number of vacancies reduce. And it has worked. This year we only have a little over 200 vacant seats," explained H C Gupta, IIT JEE chairman at IIT Delhi, which organized the entrance exam this year.

The streams where most of these vacancies exist are, mining, metallurgy, architecture, geophysics, chemical engineering and tech courses related to bio-sciences.

"No matter how many rounds of counselling take place, these vacancies are hard to fill would not have been filled up because these subjects are not being preferred by students these days since jobs in these fields are drying up," Gupta explained.

The IITs have a total 9885 seats, of which 9678 could be filled up at the end of three rounds of counselling.

While the rest of the IITs will be able to reveal their individual vacancies on Wednesday evening, at IIT Kharagpur, 1308 of 1341 seats could be filledgot taken. Last year at IIT Kgp, 48 seats remained vacant at the end of the third round of counselling, confirmed the vice chairman of IIT JEE here, M K Panigrahi.

The IITJEE chairpersons of all the 16 IITs will meet in Delhi on Wednesday to compare their final tallies and close the admission process for this year.

From an infallible brand like IIT, this might sound unbelievable. The exalted institutes of tech teaching have 217 seats that have gone abegging because they were not taken by undergraduate students.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/No-takers-for-217-IIT-seats/articleshow/21113055.cms

 
 
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