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Merit gate to shut UP Board out!

NOW STUDENT leaders of Lucknow University (LU) have started opposing the merit-based admission system to the UG level. The student leaders contend that in this the situation, the students of UP Board will be a loser. They feel that since marking pattern of CBSE and ICSE boards are quite liberal, students passing out from these boards will score higher marks and will have an advantage over the passouts of UP Board.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 00:05 IST

NOW STUDENT leaders of Lucknow University (LU) have started opposing the merit-based admission system to the UG level.

The student leaders contend that in this the situation, the students of UP Board will be a loser. They feel that since marking pattern of CBSE and ICSE boards are quite liberal, students passing out from these boards will score higher marks and will have an advantage over the passouts of UP Board.

Quite a few LU student leaders have already shot off a memorandum to LU V-C RP Singh and demanded him to give a think over the decision again. They warned the LU administration to roll back the decision else student leaders will jointly launch an agitation. Student leaders argued that merit-based admission system is faulty as it fails to do justice to the students cutting across all boards. “This practice is not scientific, hence it should be done away with. New method should be evolved,” said a student leader.

According to student leaders even the normalization formula which the varsity evolves during the admission process fails to save the interests of the UP Board examinees and they lose out to students of other Boards. The student leaders argue that entrance test is the only way that balances students of all boards.

Says Vinod Tripathi, LUSU general secretary: “Since in the old method marks scored in the previous exam and in the test are both considered following which final list is made. Hence it is acceptable.”

Yet former LUSU president Pawan Pandey alleged that in the name of saving money and time, LU had sacrificed the interest of UP Board students. “In the merit-based admission system, students of CBSE and ISC Board will get the maximum seats because of liberal marking pattern in their board. This is in sharp contrast to the UP Board evaluation pattern wherein only handful of students score over 90 pc,” he said.

Varsity administration, however, remained non-committal so far. A close aide of LU V-C said: “A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Pro V-C RS Yadav and they are entrusted with the responsibility to look into all such problems. All the complaints and apprehensions expressed by the student leaders will be taken up for discussion. If the need be the normalisation process could be made more elaborate.”