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Will UPSEE stop entry of failed students?

AS THE UP Technical University (UPTU) gears up for the UP State Entrance Examination (UPSEE-2006) for admission of about 1.25 lakh students to various engineering/professional courses in private and government colleges on April 22 and 23, the main question is: Will all the candidates be absorbed through UPSEE?

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 00:44 IST

AS THE UP Technical University (UPTU) gears up for the UP State Entrance Examination (UPSEE-2006) for admission of about 1.25 lakh students to various engineering/professional courses in private and government colleges on April 22 and 23, the main question is: Will all the candidates be absorbed through UPSEE?

UPSEE is held every year. And after the examination, a handful of students hold the varsity to ransom as they fail to clear their papers. In most cases, failing to qualify the UPSEE, these students are absorbed by private colleges.  “Some private colleges deliberately keep the seats vacant till the last moment due to pecuniary considerations while others because of their inability to attract enough students are ready to oblige those who want a degree,” senior UPTU officials said. 

Take a look at last year’s statistics. In B Tech I year, as many as 22,129 students took the exams. Of these, 79.27 per cent were promoted with 20.73 per cent students who failed to clear the test. Of the 20.73 per cent failed students, barely 1.03 per cent comprised of those who took the UPSEE. The remaining 19.70 per cent comprised of those students who were directly admitted by various private colleges.

“When these students fail the varsity is being blamed. In reality, those colleges, which  admitted these students directly, are responsible for the whole thing,” a teacher said. In second year, the number of ‘failed students’ declined sharply. In B Tech II year, 20, 732 students took the exam with 93.16 per cent of students clearing the test while in III year, 15, 239 students took the test with 97.72 per cent clearing. In IVth year, of the 11, 749 students, 0.085 per cent failed.In other streams, like B Pharma, too, the story is the same. In Ist year, 1,712 students took the exams and 24 per cent failed. Of these, 2.7 per cent students were those who took SEE while 21.3 failures were those who were directly admitted. In II, III and IV year only 4.88 per cent, 1.49 per cent, and 2.05 students failed.

In MBA I year, of the total 4,528 students, 5.74 per cent of students failed. And of these 5.74 per cent, only 0.25 per cent got admitted through SEE. The main troublemakers basically are from MCA. Of 3138 students who took the first year exam last year, only 15.16 per cent of students failed and of these only 0.6 per cent came through SEE. “What this means is that private colleges in an apparent bid to make quick money admitted students ignoring their quality. This has led to the present situation,” a varsity official said. So, as the varsity readies itself for yet another admission test, everyone is wondering whether it would be able to make a foolproof system that will ensure quality the admission of quality students.