After missing a string of deadlines, the results of the final year polytechnic diploma exam of the Board of Technical Education, Uttar Pradesh (BTEUP) was announced on Friday, ending the uncertainty in the minds of more than 2 lakh students. Like previous years, girls outperformed boys in the exam this year too.  

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    The pass percentage of girls this year is pegged at 73%, compared to the 55% of boys who managed to clear the exams. A total of nearly 15,000 girls appeared in the exam while more than 1.77 lakh boys took the exam, said SN Singh, secretary, board of technical education.
    The result was declared on July 28 after the authorities missed several consecutive deadline of announcement of results. The results were first scheduled to be out on June 25, and then rescheduled multiple times to June 30, July 6 and July 13. 
    The board conceded that the delays were due to their failure to complete the evaluatioin work on time. Singh told HT that next time it will be declared on time. “There were certain technical issues that has delayed the process of preparing final year result,’ he said.
    The BTEUP conducts examinations for students enrolled with polytechnic colleges across Uttar Pradesh in various disciplines like Electrical, Electronics, Civil, Mechanical, Automobile, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT).

India's urban poor too rich with laptops

  • Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 12, 2013 01:03 IST

Are laptops a luxury for the urban poor in India? It's a question that the housing and urban poverty alleviation (HUPA) ministry is at present battling.

Carrying out the Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) to identify households falling in the urban BPL (below poverty line) category, the ministry at present, excludes any household which possesses any of the following three assets - a four wheeler, an air conditioner, or a laptop - from the list.

However, the ministry is worried that with states such as Tamil Nadu doling out free laptops to over nine lakh students and others like Uttar Pradesh announcing similar scheme, many urban poor households now stand to be excluded from the BPL list.

It is now considering dropping laptop from the exclusion list.

"We will take a final call on this soon. Otherwise the census might not reflect the correct figure of urban BPL families," said a ministry official.

Ajay Maken, HUPA minister has also taken note of this dichotomy at a recent meeting to review the progress of the census. Maken indicated that he will take up the matter with the Planning Commission. 

The model for identifying urban poor households is based on the methodology recommended by a plan panel constituted committee. It had fixed a three stage process to identify the urban poor - automatic exclusion, automatic inclusion and a scoring index.

A family stands to be automatically excluded if it has either a four room house or possess any one of the asset (four wheeler, AC set, laptop) or any three of the following assets (fridge, landline phone, washing machine or a two wheeler.)


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