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Now, Kiran bats for JEE rankers

Now, Kiran bats for JEE rankers
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Abolish 40% weightage system for Mains Compute 20 percentile of students of all streams for Advanced CM writes letter to Pallam Raju After...

  • Abolish 40% weightage system for Mains
  • Compute 20 percentile of students of all streams for Advanced
  • CM writes letter to Pallam Raju
After the entire student community cried foul of the new pattern of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which marred the chances of many rankers from the state, the Chief Minister N Kirankumar Reddy has concurred with their view and urged the centre to revisit the new system immediately. Seeking the intervention of Union HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju, the Chief Minister in a letter asked him to explore interim and long term measures to help bright students from the state.
He has made two specific demands: one- Computing the 20 percentile of all students who appeared in Board Exam in full subjects irrespective of the stream. Two: Abolishing the weightage to Class XII (Intermediate) marks and selecting students based on JEE Mains exam only. Narrating the agony of thousands of rankers of Andhra Pradesh, Kiran said the problems are manifold. "For instance, two students from Andhra Pradesh stood 1st and 2nd in the country in the JEE (Main) entrance examination. However, after according the 40% weightage, they did not figure, even in the top 300 of the selected candidates list. Whatever be the merits of the normalisation policy, it is neither rational nor fair, if a student scores more marks in Intermediate exams and the JEE (Main) exam, obtains a lower rank, as compared to a student who gets lower marks in both the exams" Chief Minister felt. "With regard to top 20 percentile of the Inter examination, the cut-off mark for Andhra Pradesh was 91.89 percent which is the highest in the country, while the lowest being as low as 56.2 percent for Assam. As a result, many students from AP who cleared the JEE (Advanced) exam and secured good ranks have not become eligible to join the IITs, as they obtained less than 91.89% marks in the Intermediate examination. This is highly discriminatory" he said. The Chief Minister suggested that, as an interim measure for the current admissions, the IITs should consider to compute the 20 percentile score of all candidates who appeared in the Board examination in full subjects, irrespective of the stream. And as a long term measure, he urged review of the entire gamut of issues pertaining to the present procedure for admission to the Engineering Colleges.
'Too late'
Kiran's missive was a delayed effort. Had it come at least 15-20 days before, it would have some impact, according to officials of Inter Board. "He wrote a letter to Pallam Raju whose department i.e. MHRD has no say with regard to admissions in IITs. Candidates who suffered a setback because of the erroneous weightgage system in mains have already knocked the doors of Courts and the case is now pending in the apex court" an official said. The leader of the opposition, N Chandrababu Naidu has also shot off a letter to IITs, CBSE and the MHRD recently on the anomalies in the format. Rankers
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