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Help AP’s JEE-2013 Sudents: CM to Pallam Raju

Help AP's JEE-2013 Sudents: CM to Pallam Raju

Hyderabad, July 16 (INN): Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday requested Union Minister for HRD Dr.M. Pallam Raju for interim and long term measures to help A.P. students who appeared for JEE-2013.

The Chief Minister sought to compute 20 percentile of all students who appeared in Board Exam in full subjects irrespective of the stream. In a letter to the Union Minister, the Chief Minister urged for review of entire gamut of issues pertaining to present admission procedure to Engineering Colleges including suggestion to abolish giving weightage to Class XII marks & to select students based on All India Competitive Exam only.

The Chief Minister said procedure should be fair, transparent & rational and should not give room for any kind of doubt or misgivings among candidates. The Chief Minister said considerable heartburn is caused to thousands of bright students in Andhra Pradesh, by the revised pattern of JEE, 2013 examination conducted by the CBSE, for admissions into Engineering Colleges. The problems are manifold and the Chief Minister highlighted them. Problem in admission to NITs: A 40per cent weightage is being given to the marks secured by the students in Class XIIth for admission to the NITs and this is giving rise to anomalous situations.

For instance, two students from Andhra Pradesh stood 1st & 2nd in the country in the JEE (Main) examination. However, after according the 40per cent weightage, they did not figure, even in the top 300 of the selected candidates list. The Chief Minister said that whatever be the merits of the normalization policy, it is neither rational nor fair, if a student scoring more marks in both the XIIth class exams & the JEE (Main) exam, obtains a lower rank, as compared to a student who gets lower marks in both the exams. Problems in admission to IIT’s: As can be seen from the statement annexed, the top 20 percentile of the XIIth class examination, at 91.89per cent for Andhra Pradesh, is the highest in the country, while the lowest being as low as 56.2per cent. As a result, many students from AP who cleared the JEE (Advanced) exam and got good ranks have not become eligible to join the IITs, as they obtained less than 91.89per cent marks in the Class XIIth examination.

The Chief Minister opined that this is highly discriminatory. Hence the Chief Minister requested for interim and long term measures. As an interim measure for the current admissions, he requested to consider to compute the 20 percentile score of all candidates who appeared in the Board examination in full subjects, irrespective of the stream. This will enable some of the bright students who got high ranks in the JEE (Advanced) to secure admissions in the IITs. As a long term measure, the Chief Minister urged review of the entire gamut of issues pertaining to the present procedure for admission to the Engineering Colleges, including the suggestion to abolish giving weightage to the Class XIIth marks and to select the students based on an All India Competitive Examination only.

He said the procedure prescribed should be fair, transparent and rational and should not give room for any kind of doubt or misgivings among the candidates. The Chief Minister requested early action in the matter, in the best interests of the students of Andhra Pradesh.

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