The revised merit list released by the Directorate of Art (DoA) has brought cheer to the hundreds of students who had sought a re-evaluation of their Common Entrance Test (CET) answer sheets.
Even though the revised merit list was released after a two-week delay, more than 80% of these students said they are pleased with the directorate’s decision to update the merit list for admissions.
“From the single-digit marks we were allotted in two of the four subjects in the CET, most of us have now scored above 40 out of 50. It would have been unfair if the directorate had not revised our marks and the merit list,” said V Bharathi, a student.
The DoA has no provision for re-evaluation in place. However, it made an exception when state education minister Vinod Tawde intervened after students approached him for help.
Around 2,250 students seeking admission to the 750 seats available in 11 colleges across Maharashtra in the fine arts section had taken the CET in May. The CET results were released in June.
Students complained that while they had scored well in the object and design exams, more than 80% scored less than 5 out of 50 in memory and design drawing.
“After receiving several complaints, we checked our system and found a 90% difference in the actual marks of students and the marks in their results. We then decided to reassess each and every paper to avoid discrepancies and then announced the revised merit list,” said Rajiv Mishra, in-charge director, DoA.
While most students are happy with the new list, some students have planned to go to court. These include the students whose names had appeared in the first list before the reassessment of papers and have now lost those seats after the new rankings.
“Our names were in the first merit list based on our scores, but with the change in rankings, the revised list doesn’t show most of our names anymore. Why should we bear the brunt of an error by the directorate?” said an applicant.
Many of these students have also approached the directorate, only to be told that no more queries will be entertained.
“We have reassessed all the papers and these are the correct marks. So, there’s no reason for students to object against the system anymore. The admission schedule is not open to any further changes,” said Mishra.