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LU?s merit gatemay let in many copycats!

THE LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY?S (LU) decision to introduce admission on merit at undergraduate level has drawn a flak from all quarters, specially in the face of a large-scale copying during the UP Board examination. The existing self-centre pattern coupled with mass copying in the UP Board examinations will help examinees score good marks. And now that admission at LU will be done on merit, there will be no stopping for these students. Net result: Only copycats will get admission while those putting in hard work may have to sit out.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2006 23:29 IST

THE LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY’S (LU) decision to introduce admission on merit at undergraduate level has drawn a flak from all quarters, specially in the face of a large-scale copying during the UP Board examination.
The existing self-centre pattern coupled with mass copying in the UP Board examinations will help examinees score good marks. And now that admission at LU will be done on merit, there will be no stopping for these students.

Net result: Only copycats will get admission while those putting in hard work may have to sit out. The decision to do away with the existing entrance test system will adversely affect the interest of many studious students. Those resorting to copying will pile up good marks and thereby will get easy admission to LU. Until now it was not so easy as LU used to count marks scored in the test and also in the Board examinations.

Says LUACTA president Moulindu Mishra: “Undoubtedly quality of intake will suffer. The new system adopted by the LU will put meritorious students at the back foot while copycats will make most of it. The varsity has actually compromised quality intake for the sake of saving some money. They’re looking in terms of monetary gains.”

“The existing system of entrance test used to apply a few checks and balances. Even if a student has scored huge marks in the Board examination by hook or crook, he has to appear in the entrance test. And the final list of selected candidates used to be prepared by considering marks obtained both in the test and exam,” he said.

Even LU controller of examination RBS Verma confirmed that he too was aware of this problem. “Yes, this will be an issue and it needs to be dealt with properly else the hard working students will be a loser. Though a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Pro V-C, it would certainly do something to negate the folly,” Verma said.

SD Sharma, principal of Jai Nairan PG College, told this newspaper that his college, however, would not follow the merit-based system. “We’ll continue to hold entrance test and will take students after considering the marks obtained in the Board exam as well as in the test. We cannot take poor quality students at any cost,” he stated.

But, LU administration is least bothered. For them money comes first before quality. For they see merit based admission system will help them to save some money, which they used to lose out in making payment to the teachers engaged in counseling work. Will this help the cause of LU V-C who wants to bring in a qualitative improvement?

First Published: Mar 19, 2006 23:29 IST