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This year,no percentile route for college entry

Introduced last year by the state government to judge students from various boards of education on a common platform during admissions to junior colleges...

Introduced last year by the state government to judge students from various boards of education on a common platform during admissions to junior colleges,the controversial percentile system will not be applicable for admissions this year.

Two months before the Standard X exam results are declared,the state government has decided to do away with the percentile system,at least for this academic year,according to School Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. A committee will soon be appointed to look into the issue and improve the system.

The percentile system created a stir last year since many Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school principals were not convinced with the new methodology even as many SSC school principals hailed it as a “long overdue” decision. The percentile method was introduced primarily to ensure that SSC students,who often score less than their ICSE and CBSE counterparts,do not lose out on admissions to top colleges because of their marks.

The then School Education Minister Vasant Purke had argued that the ICSE and CBSE students had an advantage over the SSC students as the former systems followed a more lenient marking system when compared to the SSC. The contention was that the percentile system will help abolish disparities among students from different boards.

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Accordingly,last year,admissions were given to students based on their percentile instead of their percentage. However,lacunae were said to have been found in the formulae by which the percentile was to be calculated for each of the boards. Besides,the circulars regarding the implementation of percentile method were sent to colleges just two days before the first merit list was to be displayed.

Despite opposition,colleges went with the admission process and implemented the percentile method. Meanwhile,a public interest litigation was filed in the Bombay High Court by the parent of an ICSE student. In September last year,the High Court quashed the government resolution for implementing the percentile system and asked the government to arrive at a consensus solution. For this academic year,the government has decided to go ahead with admissions based on merit of percentage.

First published on: 30-03-2009 at 01:36:05 am
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