Karnataka CET results 2017: Toppers Rakshita, Sumanth focus on NEET and JEE

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) had on Tuesday declared the results for the state Common Entrance Test (CET) 2017 which was conducted on May 2 and 3, 2017. Among those who bagged the top ranks were Rakshita Ramesh and Sumanth Hedge with the first and second ranks, neither of whom had prepared specifically for CET.

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“I had my eyes on JEE Mains and Advanced and did not really concentrate on CET while I was preparing,” says Sumanth Hedge who secured rank 2 in the state entrance test. A student of VVS Sardar Patel PU College, Bengaluru, Hedge scored 177 out of 180 in the CET exam while also managing a score of 320 of 360 marks in JEE mains. He wishes to pursue Mechanical or Electrical engineering from an Indian Institute of Technology.

Rakshita Ramesh, a student of Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College, has secured rank 1 in the CET 2017 exam. Her scores range from 56 in Mathematics to 59 in Chemistry. However, just like Sumanth, she also gave attention to all India level entrance examination.

“My main focus was NEET. I could clear CET because I practiced for NEET,” says Rakshita, adding that she relied heavily on NCERT to know most of the base concepts. Compared to other competitive exams, she found Karnataka CET 2017 easier.

“We expected a lot of HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skill) questions, but weren’t many of them. Many questions were completely theory based like those of board exams,” says she. Rakshita aspires to pursue MBBS at a medical college in Bengaluru, aiming for neurology.

Both the toppers say they relied on knowing the basic concepts of the NCERT while preparing for all the exams. They advise future aspirant to focus on their studies and give it their best shot.

NIOS Class 12th results 2017 declared, check April exam results at nios.ac.in

NIOS Class 12th results 2017: The National Institute of Open Schooling’s (NIOS) Class 12 examination 2017 result is declared on May 31. The theory exams for Class 12 were held from March 29, 2017 with the Sanskrit paper and were carried on till April 27. If a technical erros comes up and the website takes time to open, students who are awaiting the NIOS Result 2017 should keep patience and try after some time.

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The practical examination for the Class 12th students was held in March.

NIOS Class 12th results 2017, here’s how to check
Log on to the official website of the NIOS
In the ‘Results’ section, go to the ‘Public Examination (Sec., Sr. Sec., Voc.)’ tab
Enter your details as specified in your hall ticket such as roll number and date of birth
Your result will be displayed when you click on ‘Submit’.
You can save a copy of the results or take a print
The results will be available on indiaresults.com as well.

The NIOS, which was earlier known as the National Open School (NOS), offers academic as well as vocational courses in various streams at the Secondary and the Senior Secondary level.

JEE advanced 2017: ORS sheets available for download at jeeadv.ac.in

JEE advanced 2017: The Optical Response Sheet (ORS) for Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT JEE) advanced 2017 has been released today at 5 pm. Students who have appeared for the exam can download their ORS from the official website (see steps below to know how).

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JEE advanced 2017 was conducted on May 21. A total of 2.21 lakh students have cleared the JEE Main to be eligible to contest for IITs and NITs in the country. Paper 1 of JEE advanced was held from 9 am to 12 pm while the second paper for JEE Advanced 2017 was held from 2 pm to 5 pm. The advanced paper was found to be of moderate difficulty.

Steps to download JEE advanced 2017 OR sheets:

– Go to the official website for JEE advanced 2017 (jeeadv.ac.in).

– Click on the notification that says “Online display of ORS will be available on 31-05-2017, 17:00 IST onwards (sic)”.

– Login to the site.

– Enter your details in the fields provided.

– Download the sheets and keep a copy for further reference.

Kolkata schools charging too much, private education fees to be monitored: CM Banerjee

In a stern message to the city-based private educational institutions, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said a “self-regulatory commission” would be formed to monitor and decide fees and donations collected from students. She announced this at a meeting with representatives of a number of private educational institutions in the city.

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“We don’t want to interfere with the affairs of the institutions, but we want a system in place. A particular school charged Rs 2.47 lakh for admission,” she said wondering how common people can afford to spend such a huge amount.

“Why do you need such a huge amount for admitting students? I have called you for a meeting so that you can take steps in this regard. I have received a lot of complaints. Money is being taken in the name of fees, session fees,re-admission fees, computer fees, compulsory purchase of uniform, transportation fees. Even some fees were taken in the name of summer camp when the schools are closed,” she said.

She exhorted the institutions to create a section on their respective websites where people could register their grievances.

“Government institutions have a method of assessing fees. Not all families have the same financial means. In the name of donation, a racket is going on. It maybe just 0.1 per cent, but it matters because these are important educational institutions,” she said.

She said a self-regulatory commission would be constituted with representatives of various educational institutions, education secretary, state DGP and Kolkata police commissioner. Representatives from the Darjeeling hills and officials from the districts will be ex-officio member of the commission.

She said that a 10-15 per cent increase in fees is not acceptable while other expenses have to be controlled. Bengali should be taught in schools, the chief minister said, adding “you can teach English and Hindi, but at least teach Bengali as a third language”.

Today’s development followed Banerjee’s warning last February against over-charging of patients by private hospitals and negligence in treatment, announcing the setting-up of a regulatory commission to monitor their functioning.

Class X, XII results: For better results, UT proposes smartphones for toppers

AFTER THE dismal showing in matriculation as well as senior secondary board examinations, the Mohali district education department wants to motivate students by giving smartphones to this year’s toppers to inspire the next batch of students to do well. The education department will send the proposal to CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

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“The Deputy Commissioner is going to meet the CM soon. The CM wanted some ideas from her to motivate students who got good results. So, we proposed that if we give smartphones to students, who have topped their schools, other students would also be motivated by this move because we have a feeling that the students would do well in studies to get the smartphones,” an official said, adding that their senior officers also liked the idea.

The officer also said that at present, they have mooted the proposal to give smartphones to the first three rank holders at government schools. When contacted, the District Education Officer, Subash Mahajan, said they have prepared the proposal but it would be implemented only if the CM approved of it. “I felt the students need to be motivated to get good results. It could be a good step from us,” he added.

There are 15 government schools in the district, which have less than 20 per cent results this year. The district has
only 42.8 per cent result in matriculation while the district was among the bottom five districts in the senior secondary examination. The district administration is yet to take action against teachers for the poor results. Although the DEO held a meeting with the heads of schools on Tuesday, only 10 teachers were present. He added that they would go ahead once the education department gave directions.

BCom admission Application intake to start from June 3

From the upcoming academic session, the application intake for admission in Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) will start from June 3 and will end on June 14. The merit list for the BCom course will be displayed on June 29. The first counselling will be held from July 1 to July 4. The second counselling will start from July 24 and end on July 26. The third counselling will be held in August. The counselling will be held at the Panjab University.

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Guru Gobind Singh College for Women in Sector 26 has increased 40 seats for BCom for the session 2017-2018.
The prospectus for BBA will be released on June 5, while the last date for applying online will be June 26. The tentative merit list will be put up on July 5 till 4 pm and objections on merit list can be put on July 7 till 1 pm. The counselling schedule will be displayed on July 8.

The first counselling for BBA will be held from July 10 to 12, while the second will be held between July 19 and 20. The last date for submission of application forms for centralised admission process is June 26 and the counselling for BBA will be held at Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatam Dharma College in Sector 32.

All the 11 colleges will have a single prospectus to be filled online by students as per the availability of the course. Only after completing the admission process, the students will have to pay the fee. Earlier, the students would have to pay for differently for separate prospectus in various colleges.

This is for the first time that the UT administration has gone the cenralised way for the admission in courses like BBA, BCA, BSc first year (medical), BSc first year (non-medical, computer science, IT and computer application), MCom first year and MSC (IT) first year.

BCom Part I seats college wise
DAV College, Sector 10 – 210
GGSD College, Sector 32 – 280
Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26 – 280
Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45 – 140
MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 – 210
Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26 – 180
Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42 – 140
Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46 -140
Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11- 140
Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42 – 140
Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11 – 140
Department of Evening Studies, PU – 70

DAV College slashes seats to improve student-teacher ratio

To improve the student-teacher ratio, DAV College in Sector 10 has slashed the number of seats in BA, BSc and BCom courses from this academic session. Till last year, the number of seats in BA was 1400, which now has been brought down to 600. In BSc medical, the number of seats was 300, which now has been reduced to 180. In BSc non-medical, the number of seats up for admission this year will be 320 as compared to 500 last year.

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Dean of admissions and head of chemistry department B K Vermani said: “The number of seats has been reduced to bring in uniformity in the student-teacher ratio. Less number of students will lead to good teaching in the classroom, eventually raising the level of education.” Another reason for reducing the number of seats in BA is to avoid the intake of rowdy elements that, according to the authorities, would end up taking admission given the large number of seats.

“There are some students who are not interested in studying but only take admission to disturb the decorum of the college. This step is being taken keeping in mind the need to have a good atmosphere in the college. Moreover, we have also set a 70 per cent cut off for BA course,” said Vermani. The college also plans to introduce Masters in Business Administration (MBA) course from the current academic session and have already taken permission from the All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi.

“A team from the Panjab University is set to visit the campus for inspection. Only after their approval, we will go ahead with the admission process in MBA,” said a senior official from the college. Meanwhile, a new research centre in physics for PhD students has also been set up. The college campus already has three research centres in zoology, chemistry and biotechnology. Nearly, 100 students are enrolled in these PhD courses. Meanwhile, the college, in its endeavor to go paperless, has gone the digitisation way in the admission process. Also, the student attendance, syllabus and examination details will be uploaded on the Unique ID password of students individually.

Maharashtra govt closes down Balchitrawani, institute of education technology

After months of speculation and indications, the inevitable happened on Wednesday as the state government shut down the Maharashtra state institute of education technology, popularly known as Balchitrawani. A government resolution (GR) was issued in this regard on May 31 and it came into immediate effect. Around 33 employees were employed with the Balchitrawani, most of whom have served for more than 25 years in government service.

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The body that developed educational programmes will be replaced with E-Balbharati, where digital content will be created, said the GR. It will now develop virtual classrooms and audio-visual textbook lessons on a specially designed web portal for Classes I to XII.

Meanwhile, at the institute, which had been in a state of neglect for last several years, employees were seen huddled in small rooms waiting for the official notice, that had not been served until 5 pm, to reach them. Stating they had indications of this event for last few months, the employees said the suddenness of the decision has taken them by surprise.

“Until a few days ago, we were working on creating teacher training videos and content for the Std 7 syllabus, which has been revised. When they stopped it a few days ago, we had an indication since we had come to know of a meeting of the board where the decision to discontinue was taken this month. But the least they could have done was given a few weeks’ notice, talked to employees who are serving here since three decades,” said one of the employees serving since 32years.

A Class IV employee, who was transferred to Balchitrawani from his government job in Mumbai in the 90’s and is two years away from retirement, was close to tears. “I don’t know what kind of benefits we will get, till now seniors have not spoken to me,” the employee said.

Until December 2002, Balchitrawani, which started on January 27, 1984, was funded by the Union government. In January 2003, the Centre asked the state to bear the expenses of the institute while the state expressed its inability to do so. And that was, employees said, when the downfall of the institute began. “After that things started going downhill. Projects dwindled, people retired or left and posts remained vacant. From 140 employees, we came down to 33 employees as of date,” said another employee. Balchitrawani had developed around 6,000 learning programmes since 1986, which until July 2012, Doordarshan would telecast for free. In 2012, Doordarshan decided to charge for telecasting audio-video programmes of Balchitrawani. Since the state lacked funds, it sought help from the Centre. After no help came in, the institute’s programmes were stopped completely in February 2014 and the production work came to a halt.

UPSC Civil Services results: Pune girl tops UPSC in Maharashtra, 11th in country

The impact of her mother’s public service was so deeply etched in the mind of Vishwanjali Gaikwad that when she was in her teens, she decided her vocation: to join civil services and serve the public. In this year’s Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination, the results of which were released on Wednesday, the 25-year-old secured the 11th rank in the country and came first in Maharashtra.

This was the second attempt by Gaikwad, a resident of Prabhat Road, to ace the exam.

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Daughter of professors Jyoti and Murlidhar Gaikwad, she grew up in an academically-oriented family, learning the importance of studies and discipline early in life. But it wasn’t until her mother, a former vice-principal of MMCC College, started volunteering for the Std XI admission process that she realised how a small gesture of help for someone unknown can bring immense satisfaction. “I saw my mother volunteer for the admission process for 15 years. Yes, it was tiring, but I saw the impact… I saw how a small deed by her could help someone to such a great extent. Over the years, I realised that I have the same personality trait. Like my mother, I wanted to make an impact on people’s lives and that’s why I set my heart on civil services,” she said.

Her personal interests also contributed to Gaikwad’s decision to take the UPSC exam. “I am interested in multi-disciplinary studies and that’s why preparing for civil services appealed to me,” she said. A bright student throughout her academic life, when it came to choosing a discipline for her graduation, she chose computer engineering. So why did she choose a science subject, when most UPSC hopefuls opt for an Arts degree? Gaikwad said a student should choose a subject he/she has a genuine interest in, or it would “turn out to be a waste of time”.

“… What’s the point of being an officer who knows nothing? I decided to take up a course that I like and study it in depth, so that it comes in handy later. Also, had I not cleared UPSC, an engineering degree would have been a better option to fall back on. But yes, it is true that an Arts degree would have given me more time to prepare for UPSC…,” said the former student of College of Engineering, Pune.

It was only after graduating in 2014 that she started preparing for the UPSC exam. While she took guidance from two coaching institutes and enrolled for test papers in one, for the last two years, it has been mostly self-study for Gaikwad.

ICAR admit card 2017: Download AIEEA hall ticket at icarexam.net

ICAR admit card 2017: The AIEEA 2017 entrance examination admit cards have been released on May 31, 2017 on the official website mentioned below. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will conduct the All India Entrance Examination for Admission (AIEEA) 2017 on June 10 and June 11. The results of all of three entrance tests will be announced by June 30, 2017 and the counselling is to be conducted afterwards in the month of July.

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ICAR admit card 2017/hall tickets is available at — icarexam.net, not on the main website of the council (icar.org.in).

ICAR admit card 2017, here’s how to download
Visit the website mentioned above
At the website, login with the application number and password
Once displayed, take a print out

The admit card carries all necessary information regarding the exam centre and other details, therefore it is mandatory to carry your hall ticket with you on the test day along with an valid identity proof.

The test will be held on June 10 for UG and on June 11 for PG from 10 am to 12:30 pm. The question paper will have 60 MCQs from five subjects; Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Agriculture. Out of the total 300 questions of 5 sections, candidates will have to answer any 180 questions.

Each question carries 4 mark. 1 mark will be deducted on attempting the wrong answers.

The test for P.hD will be on 11th June with duration of 3 hours and timings will be 10 am to 1 pm.