UT has no AIEEE online exam centre; students go to outskirts
Despite Chandigarh being selected among the 22 cities across the country to offer online centres for the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) this year,no centre was set up in the city. As many as 500 students from the region appeared in the online exam today (day 1 of online schedule). They had to travel to the outskirts of the city as the centres were set up in Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) and Sachdevas Guru Gobind Singh College at Gharuan in Kharar.
Going by the technical set-up recommended by the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE),an average of 450 students were to be accommodated in one centre,requiring the same number of computers. Asked why no centre was set up in the city,CBSE Regional Director RJ Khanderao,said,Ahead of selecting the centres,we had conducted an audit,looking for the appropriate infrastructure. However,it was found that the institutions in Chandigarh lacked the necessary infrastructure which includes over 500 computers and a power back-up mechanism. Besides,the technical arrangements had been outsourced to a private firm and they have a role in selecting the appropriate centres.
CGC (Gharuan) Director Karminder Ghuman said,We were approached by a private company which has designed the software for CBSE to conduct the online (LAN-based) exam. They found out infrastructure suitable and supportive for withstanding the power load. Besides,we have offered seating capacity (with computers) for over 1,000 students.
The students appearing the exam today cited difficulties in locating the centres. Speaking to Newsline,Prachi Moudgil,a student of GMSSS-22,said,We were asked to report for the exam at 8.30 am and we had started from home at around 6 am. But it took us long to find out the location. Himanshu Arora,father of a candidate appearing in the exam at CGC,said,We were initially informed that the UT would only offer online centres. That was why I suggested to my daughter to opt for the online mode. But we still had to move out of the city for her to appear for the exam.
When the city is full of smart schools and institutions like PEC and PU,why did they choose such distant locations? asked another parent,Arun Tomar,whose son Harsh studies at SGGS Collegiate School,Sector 26.
The situation remained the same during the offline examination conducted on April 29. In the absence of any centre,city students had to move to centres located in neighbouring states. CBSE officials claimed that most students had opted for the online mode and hence Chandigarh had to provide only online centres.
The exam will be conducted online on May 12,19 and 26 across 22 cities of the country. The centres for the students of Chandigarh region will remain in the outskirts only,confirmed Khanderao. The results will be declared by June 15.