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).

Fastest in health and sickness

Fitness and Formula One go hand in hand is a well known fact. However, to Heinz-Harald Frentzen, the 1997 world championship runner-up and winner of three Grands Prix, this rule doesn't always apply as illness seems to get the best out of him.

Frentzen crashed heavily while running second during the 1999 Canadian GP when his Jordan 199 suffered brake disc failure. The German was knocked unconscious. He had to be flown to the hospital with his left knee bleeding and was barely able to walk. Just 10 days later, he won the French GP in changing weather conditions enduring pain in his right leg and what he terms as “driving with a handicap.” He drove the entire race with a broken right leg, compromising his ability to hit the brake pedal properly.

“After the crash in Canada they took me to the hospital and did a complete scan but did not check my right leg as my left knee was only bleeding,” said Frentzen while speaking to HT “I had to limp to the podium.”

Frentzen recalled another incident during the 1998 Hungarian GP when he had a bout of food poisoning during the whole weekend but managed to finish fifth in the hot conditions. “I just had an egg on Friday morning and from that evening I was not feeling good at all,” he joked. “Whatever I ate did not stay in for long and during the weekend I was running to and from the restroom. “I had my best races when I was sick,” he said. “After the race I told my team if I can drive in that condition, don't ever talk to me about my fitness.”

Frentzen topped the two-hour test session held at the Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday followed by Giancarlo Fisichella and Karun Chandhok. The session was held with the intention of allowing drivers to familiarize themselves with the Radical SR3 that will be used for the i1 Super Series.

The writer’s trip has been sponsored by Machdar Motorsports.


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