Opposition against the normalisation procedure that will determine admissions to the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other centrally-funded engineering institutes from this year, continues to grow.
An online petition to the Central Board of Secondary education (CBSE), which is in charge of the process, has already gathered more than 1,600 signatures from across the country.
Disgruntled students are coming together in large numbers, claiming that the formula being applied to determine the merit list is flawed. The merit list was released on Tuesday night, with a 60% weightage for the marks in the Joint Entrance Examination-Main and a ‘normalised’ 40% weightage for Class 12 board marks.
“What CBSE is doing without thought is taking the percentile from board exams and equating it with the percentiles in the JEE to calculate corresponding marks,” said the petition addressed to CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi. “This formula came out in May 2013 after both the exams were conducted, so students had no clue that they would be at such a disadvantage.”
A group is also planning to approach the Supreme Court.
“We knew this was going to be a mess,” said Kshitij Garg, who set up the petition on June 6, before the results were out. “We are trying to gather support from across the country.” This is the first time that a student’s board marks will play a role in these admissions, a decision widely debated last year by experts.
The IITs had rejected the proposal to directly include board marks in their own admissions process.
Aggrieved parents have argued that the normalisation formula issued by the CBSE is contrary to the earlier announcement that only the normalised board percentile would be used.
“What’s the point in them also using the JEE-Main merit list to compute the 40% weightage for a student’s board marks?” said Neeraj Mehrotra, who has petitioned the Andhra Pradesh high court.