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Fate of around 17000 Engineering students hangs at the edge of disaster

Jul 24, 2013 02:05 IST

    If a new merit list, without normalization of marks, is prepared and followed, the career ladders of almost 17000 students out of the 54,000 students who have already taken admissions in different engineering colleges in Gujarat will get unbalanced. Their ranks might fall considerably if a new merit list is prepared according to the order of Gujarat high court, which consequently affect their choices of colleges as well as streams of engineering.
    This year, the state government for the first time decided to prepare a common engineering admission list for the students of all boards including Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Since there were students from more than one board to seek admissions in engineering colleges in the state, the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC), Gujarat, decided to normalize the marks to bring all students' results on par. But, this normalization process got challenged in the high court that invalidated the method adopted by the ACPC.
    "We have crosschecked with our records. The ranks of around 17,000 students in the merit list will be adversely affected and they may have to change their preferred courses and colleges. When the matter went to court, we had conducted an exercise to check for changes we would have to make if a fresh merit list will have to be prepared," said an official of the state education department.
    For an example, if a student has taken admission in Mechanical branch at Lalbhai Dalpatram College of Engineering, one of the premier engineering colleges in Gujarat, he/she may have to compromise for a less popular branch if he/she doesn’t want to change the college.

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