Degree college cut-offs hinge on HSC results
With fewer CBSE students scoring in the 90s compared with their Indian School Certificate (ISC) counterparts, the degree college-cut offs will now hinge on the performance of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) students.
Following the ISC results on May 18, college principals had predicted a jump in the cut-offs by two to three percent, as the number of ISC students scoring in the 90s had surged this year.
However, Monday’s CBSE results were disappointing for most schools, as they did not see many students scoring 90%. “We had five students out of 117 scoring above 90%,” said Ganesh Parmeshwaran, principal, Balbharti School, Airoli.
Admissions to sought-after colleges may get tougher this year, said city college principals. “With ISC students outperforming those from the CBSE, and a blanket ban on colleges in Mumbai to start new courses or add new divisions, the competition for admissions to popular colleges is set to get tougher,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, Churchgate.
The HSC results will decide cut-offs, she said. “We have to admit in-house students in aided courses and the cut-off for professional courses are always high. Since HSC students constitute a majority when it comes to admissions, those scores will be the deciding factor,” she said.
Vishnu Magre, principal of Kirti College, Dadar, said students from the ICSE and the CBSE boards usually tend to pursue professional courses, while aided courses such as BA, BSc and B.com are preferred by the state board students.
“However, looking at the trend of scores, admission to aided courses looks tough. HSC scores will play a very important role in deciding the trend of admissions this year, more so than usual,” he said.
On the other hand, many of the schools said they had several students scoring 100 in maths and physics, and 99 in history and geography, which could drive up cut-offs for these subjects.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.