HRD was told it may face legal hurdles over JEE 2013

The normalisation of school board marks for JEE 2013 is caught in legal tangles with three high court cases but the human resource development ministry

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 1:47 am

The normalisation of school board marks for JEE 2013 is caught in legal tangles with three high court cases but the human resource development ministry cannot deny that it was not forewarned.

In December 2012,Joint Secretary (school education) Apurva Chandra in his report was the first to sound the alarm. The CBSE had consulted global testing researcher Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) on the feasibility of normalising marks across 29 boards. Chandra and the CBSE chairman had also visited Australia.

In his report after the visit,accessed by The India Express,Chandra pointed to ACER researchers who said the AIEEE scores appear to be “quite well suited for tertiary election and to form any combination with scores distributed like these would detract seriously from their effectiveness”.

Chandra noted that “CBSE needs to be cautious in preparing a scheme for the normalisation of class XII marks for engineering examination as litigation is a distinct possibility and such issues may be raised subsequently”. His also stated that “scaling of Board marks at class XII…needs very careful examination by experts”.

Legal issues apart,complaints have begun to pour in on the normalisation issue from parents and students. HRD Minister Pallam Raju said he has been getting complaints on the process.

Many students raised doubts over the normalisation formula used.The HRD ministry has called a meeting on Wednesday with chairman JEE,CBSE chairman and secretary (higher education) among others,to address the issue. The Supreme Court though declined to intervene with the “normalisation” policy,agreed last week to hear the plea of a group of parents of engineering aspirants and sought Centre’s response.

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