Lethargic state intermediate boards across the country continue to play with the future of students as 4,000 were excluded from the IIT-JEE ranks list which was released on Wednesday.
Several state intermediate education boards have failed to send the updated marks of their students in time to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), resulting in at least 4,000 students being excluded from the IIT-JEE (Mains) rank list released by the CBSE.
A rank on this list is the criteria for entry to top institutions – 31 NITs, 18 IITs and 18 other state-funded premier engineering colleges in the country.
For the CBSE which conducts the exam, the states’s indolence — sending incorrect or delayed data — has become a perennial problem which is a hindrance while announcing the results.
Telangana has topped in this deplorable attitude this year.
The state intermediate board, formed recently after it split from Andhra Pradesh, ‘forgot’ to send the revised marks list of 1,188 students who had appeared for the JEE Mains conducted by the CBSE in April.
The revised marks are those obtained after re-evaluation appeals and betterment exams.
“The Telangana gaffe gained attention but such bungle is committed by most of the state boards – Assam, Andhra, Punjab, Odisha, Maharashtra to name a few — which did not send marks in time or in prescribed format. Their lethargy has become dangerous for the student’s careers,” said MP Singh, coordinator, Central Seat Allocation Board.
The final All India Rank is set after adding the 40 percent weightage given to the Class 12 board marks to the rank scored in the IIT-JEE Mains.
Many of these 1188 students were expecting a good rank to enter the NITs – some of which like NIT Warangal are considered a much better option than studying at the newly launched IITs still lacking faculty and infrastructure of their own.
Several parents were aghast to find their wards’ ranks missing and a blank appearing in the inter-marks column when they logged in to check the results on Wednesday.
“My son got a good rank in IIT JEE (Advanced) which ensures him a seat in a favoured stream in an established IIT. But there are many students and parents who pinned their hopes on the IIT Mains rank to get into an NIT,” said Madhavi Siddam, a media professional.
The Telangana board realised its blunder only after some parents went and sat on a protest before it. Education minister Kadiyam Srihari admitted the fault and rushed the officials to New Delhi with the results on Thursday to plead before the CBSE. Aggrieved students of other state boards are also approaching the CBSE-IITJEE officials.