Parents of some of the students who have passed their Class XII from the non-state board schools have been complaining that the percentile system adopted for entry into engineering colleges in the state is discriminatory.
As per the parents, the formula adopted for normalisation of marks benefits students from the state board as opposed to their counterparts from other board such as CBSE, ISC etc.
Even though the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has received such complaints, officials at the directorate said the proportion of these complaints is minuscule as compared to the total number of students. The final merit list after the normalisation of marks was put up on the official website of DTE on July 10.
S K Mahajan, Director, DTE, said, “We have received only seven-eight complaints so far while there are as many as 4,700 students from the CBSE board and 3, 500 from the ISC board who are aspiring to get into engineering colleges. The CBSE also uses a similar normalisation method for JEE and even Gujarat is following the same system.”
After a single entrance exam was introduced for non-IIT engineering colleges last year, this is the first time that the state has adopted normalisation formula, which takes into consideration both Class XII marks (physics, chemistry and mathematics) and the students’ entrance score.
Durgesh Mangeshkar, Director, IIT, Prashikshan Kendra, said, “The formula does favour state board students to an extent. But then we should also consider that students score much higher in ISC or CBSE boards as compared to the state board.”
He added, “There can never be a formula that can convince all board students. There should be just a single exam to judge students on all parameters so that nobody feels they have been discriminated.”