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Gujarat Technological University to check answer papers offline

AHMEDABAD: 18 Apr 2014
Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has decided to check the answer papers of engineering students offline as the teachers are not adept at checking the papers online, which delays the results.

GTU had introduced online paper checking mode for BE this year. The experiment was not successful as the result of the first semester BE was declared two and a half months after the exam. While the exam was held on January 10, the result was declared in the first week of April.

Enquiries into the delay revealed that the teachers did not have internet facility at home and also claimed that there were not adequate infrastructure and resources to check the papers in office. This resulted in inordinate delay.

In view of this, GTU has now decided to go back to the offline mode. "Currently, we have decided to get the papers checked offline so as to avoid any delay in the declaration of results," said a GTU official.

GTU officials had decided to go for online mode as it was to free them from the burden of storing the answer papers. GTU gets around six lakh answer sheets, including 2.5 lakh of first semester for correction.

Centralized admission for various 1st year Gujarat University courses

AHMEDABAD: 11 Apr 2014
Gujarat University (GU) has finally decided to introduce a centralized admission for the first year Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Application, and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSC IT).

The GU recently held a meeting and expressed the idea to have a centralized admission. The management and the principals of various colleges gave their consent for the same. It was decided that a special software would be prepared for the admission and there would not be management quota for any college.

The software would be specially designed to suit the needs of the admissions. The management will be permitted to fill the seats only if they fall vacant after the centralized admissions are completed.

GU officials said the principals and management of colleges readily agreed for the centralized admissions as they were tired of harassment by student leaders who pressurized them for admission. The centralized admission will bring an end to the pressure from the student leaders.

GU has decided that the admission will be on the lines of engineering where the final admissions will be given after two mock rounds. The GU has made it clear that there will be no management quota.

There are 60 commerce colleges from Ahmedabad city which are affiliated with the Gujarat University. The students will be required to fill only one form for Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Application and one for MSC IT, while they are required to fill one for Bachelor of Commerce course.

'Ignorant' professor fail 1,000 students

AHMEDABAD: 3 Apr 2014
Around 1,000 engineering students of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) are running from pillar to post to get their marks corrected. These students failed in viva examination allegedly due to the ignorance of senior professors. In Bhavnagar alone, over 200 students were given 12 out of 30 marks - that is, only 40% - in viva while the rules say that students have to get 50% marks to pass.

Sources in the GTU said that professors who were sent to conduct the viva examination had given 12 marks to many students because they were under the impression that 12 was the pass marks and not 15. The sources said that two senior professors from LD Engineering College were sent to Shantilal Shah Engineering College in Bhavnagar. As the professors were expected to know the rules, no one from the university had bothered to brief them.

When the results were announced, students found that a majority of them had failed in viva. Representations were made to the university in this regard. During the inquiry, the two professors accepted that they were under the impression that 12 was the pass mark. Similar goof-ups were detected in colleges in Bhavnagar, Dahod and Surendranagar.

Class XI 3rd-sem exams begin today

AHMEDABAD: 2 Apr 2014
Class 11 third-semester examinations conducted by Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) begin across the state from Wednesday. About 1.78 lakh students are expected to appear in the exams.

The GSHSEB has deployed 150 squads to check cheating. After using tablets in the Class 12 examinations, the board has now decided to place 1100 tablets in examination halls classes to prevent untoward incidents. Board officials said that the examinations will be of three hours and, in the first hour, students will have to answer 50 questions. The remaining 50 questions would be of descriptive type and the students will be given two hours time to answer them.

Meanwhile, in order to prevent teachers from helping students in cheating, the board has also decided that all subject teachers will be called for training in Gandhinagar during the exams. This was started in 2013 and has yielded good results. Board officials say that with all the teachers at one place, it becomes easy to prevent them from helping students in the exams. Earlier, subject teachers used to stay at the centre and help students in mass cheating. To prevent this, the training programme for subject teachers was launched.

CBSE to set up 100 English Medium Schools in Gujarat
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi has received 100 applications to start English medium schools in Gujarat state.
While Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has received only 20 applications to start secondary schools and 50 applications for higher secondary schools.
The Board examinations for the year 2014, for both the state and central board has come to an and.
Presently, Gujarat has a total of 284 CBSE affiliated schools.
More number of parents from the state want to admit their children to the CBSE schools.
According to parents, admitting a child in a school affiliated to CBSE, grooms him or her in learning the style of CBSE syllabi which is used most often in competitive entrance exams. The new innovations brought about by CBSE, specially the schemes motivated to reduce stress on students is alluring both to parents and children.
CBSE has an innovative way to educate the children which includes continuous and comprehensive evaluation system, the optional class 10th external board exam, providing the formulae within the exam paper, open text-based assessment etc.
The class 10th Board examination was held from 13th to 24th March 2014. The class 12th Board examination has began from 13th March and will end on 28th March 2014.

GUJCET forms to be filled online

AHMEDABAD: 28 Mar 2014

The state government has finally decided that applications forms for Gujarat Common Entrance Test scheduled for May 8, will be filled online. The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board has already made it clear that filling of application forms for the entrance examination is mandatory for those seeking admission to undergraduate medical and paramedical courses. The state government on Tuesday said that filling of the forms will have to be done online. 

GSHSEB officials have said that the pin numbers for applications will be available at 42 centres between March 31 and April 15. They can be collected from any of the 42 centres by paying a fee of Rs 250. Students can fill the forms online from March 31. The last date for applying for the examination is April 15.Officials said that about 40,000 students are expected to appear in GUJCET this year. 

CBSE scores over state board in Gujarat

AHMEDABAD: 25 Mar 2014
This is a trend that indicates the winds of change blowing in the field of education in Gujarat. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has received about 100 applications to start English-medium schools in Gujarat.

In contrast, only 20 school managements have approached the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) for setting up English-medium secondary schools -and about 50 for higher secondary English-medium schools.

The demand for CBSE schools in Gujarat is largely due to the rising awareness amongst parents that CBSE provides a higher standard of education and better quality textbooks by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) in comparison to the state board.

"Parents are becoming more aware that the Central board syllabus gives their children a distinct edge whilst competing in national-level entrance exams which have become mandatory to get admission in professional courses," says Hemant Shah, trustee and principal of Prakash High School, one of the first CBSE schools in Ahmedabad.

There are over 200-odd CBSE schools in the state. Five years ago there were barely 50 central board schools in Gujarat.

Earlier, parents in transferrable jobs or those settling in Gujarat from other states used to opt for CBSE. Now, the demand comes from locally settled parents.

"CBSE schools follow the NCERT syllabus which is high in quality and prepares children to crack tough entrance exams. In comparison, state board syllabus and textbooks are deemed not up to the mark," says Archit Bhatt, trustee of Tripada School of Education which runs both Central and state board classes.

TOI had recently highlighted embarrassing bloopers in class 5-8 textbooks through an extensive campaign, 'Error Terror'. The state government has ordered a review into these textbooks by a committee of two vice-chancellors.

GTU board to meet on March 27, 28

AHMEDABAD: 24 mar 2014
The board of governors of Gujarat Technological University (GTU) will meet on March 27 and 28 to screen applications of new engineering, MBA, MCA, Pharmacy and Architecture colleges. Once the applications are screened, field inspections will be ordered.

Officials say that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed technical universities all over the country to grant recognition to new colleges in the wake of the All India Committee for Technical Education (AICTE) being dissolved on the orders of the Supreme Court.

The UGC, however, has warned technical universities that they should not misuse the power entrusted to them. All applications should be screened carefully and only those colleges which have the required infrastructure and resources should be granted recognition.

The UGC has further warned that if the universities are found to be granted affiliation in violation of the rules and regulations, the 12 (B) certificate will be cancelled. The certificate allows universities and colleges to get grants from the UGC.

26 more pass PG medical entrance test after re-evaluation

AHMEDABAD: 24 Mar 2014
The Gujarat University (GU) has finally re-evaluated the answersheets of the postgraduate medical students. The students who answered their entrance examination for postgraduate medical course had alleged that there were errors in eight questions. GU, however, stated that the error was only in three questions.

The university has asked the medical committee to inquire into the alleged goof-up and has also asked dean of medical faculty to have a close look at the paper and submit his report. About 1,250 students had appeared for the entrance examination which was conducted on January 25. The result was also declared on the same day of the examinations.

The students complained that there were errors, but when the university refused to acknowledge they sought details under RTI and found that the answer key had errors in eight questions. GU vice-chancellor M N Patel on Friday convened an emergency meeting with the medical faculty and decided to re-evaluate the answersheets. After the re-evaluation it was found that there were 26 students who had failed and had not cleared their examinations. Earlier of the 1,250 students, only 564 cleared. After re-evaluation the figure grew to 590.

Patel said that a meeting of the faculty was convened and the corrected result would soon be announced. The admission is scheduled to begin by the end of this month.

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