Lower the mark and fill the seats
IN ORDER to fill all vacancies in engineering colleges affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU), the university has proposed to reduce the qualifying marks.Updated: Jun 12, 2006 00:03 IST
IN ORDER to fill all vacancies in engineering colleges affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU), the university has proposed to reduce the qualifying marks.
This would raise the number of students who qualify the entrance examination this year.
According to university sources, about one lakh candidates had appeared in the entrance examination this year. Out of these, 57,500 qualified the test, while the total number of seats in all government and the private engineering colleges of the State were 32,000.
For general and OBC category candidates, the qualifying marks were fixed at 15 per cent, while for the SC and ST category candidates the qualifying marks were 10 per cent.
But the number of candidates qualifying had fallen due to a High Court Order introducing minus marking in the evaluation.
Like past years, candidates having positions 1 to 1000, were often selected at the IIT and other institutes. Consequently, most state engineering colleges faced a student crunch. Authorities feel that in order to fill all the seats, the number of qualifying candidates should be around 80,000.
In order to get the required number of qualified candidates, the university has proposed to reduce the qualifying marks by five per cent.
A reduction of five per cent in the qualifying marks would raise the number of qualified candidates to 22,500. This would help the colleges to get adequate number of students.
UPTU registrar US Tomar said that the proposal has already been sent to the government for approval.
In case the government approved the proposal, the engineering colleges would have no problem.
First Published: Jun 12, 2006 00:03 IST