Partha focus on poor show in tech tests

Students of the Bengal board who do well in the HS lag behind students of other boards when it comes to all-India engineering entrance tests, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Sunday.

By A Staff Reporter
  • Published 15.06.15
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Students of the Bengal board who do well in the HS lag behind students of other boards when it comes to all-India engineering entrance tests, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Sunday.

"We have been criticised following this mismatch in performance," he said. "We need to find the reasons behind this drawback."

The minister was speaking at Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission after felicitating 19 students who were among the top-10 in this year's HS. Chatterjee is an alumnus of the institution.

Students of the Bengal board not only fare poorly in all-India engineering entrance exams but also in WBJEE, conceding top positions to students of other boards.

The state JEE board data show that in 2013, a record number of students from outside Bengal had made it to the top two tech campuses in the state - Jadavpur University and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur.

At JU, the percentage of students from outside the state had jumped from 10 in 2012 to more than 35 in 2013, an official said.

At the IIEST, candidates from outside Bengal had accounted for over 18.4 per cent of the admissions in 2013 compared with 10 per cent in 2012, said an official.

A state JEE board official said the numbers remained "more or less" same in 2014.

In 2013, students from outside Bengal had not only made it to the merit list but also cracked the top-10,000 bracket in numbers.

Officials from the JU and the IIEST said students from Jharkhand and Bihar had dominated the list in 2013 and 2014.

While acknowledging that students of the Bengal board have not been doing well in the WBJEE, Chatterjee said: "This year I have gathered statistics to show that our students have done better in the WBJEE."

The government has modified the question pattern of state JEE over the past few years, trying to make it similar to the all-India entrance exams.

The results of the JEE-Main, conducted by CBSE for admissions to NITs and IIEST-Shibpur are expected to be declared this week. The results of JEE-Advanced, conducted by IIT Bombay for admissions to the IITs, are expected to be declared in June.

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