Sep 13, 2012 NAGPUR: The state government has decided to give 50% weightage to Std XII marks for admissions to undergraduate engineering course. The decision taken in a cabinet meeting, held on Wednesday, also confirmed speculations that the state will be part of the new Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) from the 2014-15 academic session.
This means that the new system is applicable to students who will appear for their Std XII board exams in the summer of 2014.
The new examination has been bifurcated in two parts - JEE (Main), the exam for which every candidate seeking admission to the engineering stream will appear, and JEE (Advance), for those seeking admissions to the prestigious IITs.
Maharashtra government has declared that marks scored in Std XII (regardless of board) shall be normalized using the system created by Indian Statistical Institute.
Merit rankings shall be prepared by giving 50-50 per cent weightage to JEE (Main) and Std XII marks. The good news for the students is that only their physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) marks will be counted for the 50% weightage from Std XII. Many students were worried that if other subjects, like languages, were considered then their ranking would have dropped.
Nisha Kothari, who heads a local coaching centre, said, "The fact that only PCM will be considered is great news. Also the equal weightage to Std XII marks is fair decision as its syllabus will complement the JEE exam."
Chandrakant Satija, regional director of a pan-India coaching centre, said, "I personally feel that Std XII marks should not have been given weightage. That is because it will be unfair to students of rural areas because education quality in colleges there is not good. Regardless, I am happy that at least they will consider only the PCM marks."
The government also decided to upgrade its Std XII syllabus from next year itself to align itself with JEE. This would mean yet another curriculum rejig even before the latest one has taken shape. The state board had changed its Std XII syllabus in the current academic session to bring it on par with that of CBSE. Now the new cabinet decision means again going back to the drawing board. This would make the current books being published, totally obsolete.
Both school education minister, Rajendra Darda, and higher & technical education minister, Rajendra Tope remained unavailable for comment.
Sarjerao Jadhav, chairman of the state board, said, "Details of this decision are yet to reach the board hence I cannot make any comment. We will wait for their directions on syllabus change and implement it."