Election pushes WBJEE to May 22

Aspirants of both the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE) and the Delhi pre-medical test might have to choose one as the WBJEE has been postponed from April 17 to May 22. The decision was taken on Tuesday in the wake of the West Bengal Assembly Elections. The Delhi pre-medical test is also scheduled for May 22.

“Practical difficulties in holding the exam on the earlier announced date were reported from various institutions. Problems will arise in booking the exam centres. Secondly, the school officials have been given polling duties in various districts and will leave before the elections begin on April 18. Moreover, transport services will be hit. These have, thus, forced the board members to decide on postponing the exams,” said WBJEE chairman Siddhartha Dutta.

The exam schedule on May 22: Mathematics from 9:30 am to 11:30am, physics and chemistry between 12:30 and 2:30pm, biology from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

“However, if the court directs for a common entrance tests in medical, we will obey it and inform the students accordingly. The Supreme Court order has not yet reached me. We shall also wait for the MCI nod,” he added.

The announcement of results may also be delayed. “In case there is a delay, we will appeal in the Supreme Court to give us extra time,” said Dutta.

This year, around 1,30,000 students will take the test. Last year, the results were declared within 40 days of the exam

Courtsey: TIMES OF INDIA, 09 March, 2011

WBJEE 2011 will be held on April 17, 2011 with no change in the Format

The state joint entrance examinations (JEE) slated for April 17 next year will be structured the way it has been the past few years, with the organisers ruling out changes suggested by some teachers.

Students appearing for the exams — for admission to engineering and medical colleges in Bengal — will have to answer 80 per cent multiple choice questions (MCQ), and 20 percent short-answer questions in two to three sentences.

The 80:20 ratio was introduced in the 2005 exam. Last year, 1.10 lakh students took the JEE.

While MCQs test the depth of the candidate’s knowledge, short-answer questions gauge the ability to apply the knowledge. A section of teachers had demanded that the number of MCQs be decreased as they feel it is more important for aspiring engineers and doctors to have the ability to have application skills.

The decision to continue with the old 80:20 ratio was finalised by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board at a meeting before Puja. The board felt it was too late to make changes for the forthcoming exam and that more discussions are needed.

“There were demands from a section of teachers that the ratio should be 50:50. Others wanted a ratio 60:40. After discussing the suggestions, the board has decided to continue with the old ratio,” said board chairman Siddhartha Dutta. According to Dutta, discussions on the suggestions to increase the number of MCQs will continue.

The board will start distributing forms for the 2011 JEE from next month, but with changes in the format. For the first time, the JEE examination forms will contain instructions in Bengali.

According to Dutta, the decision has been taken to ensure that students studying in Bengali medium schools understand the instructions better and do not end up giving wrong information.“We had been noticing that many students did not understand the instructions in English well and gave wrong data,” said Dutta. For the first time, the forms will have a separate column on the mother’s name. So far, only the father’s name was required.

Courtsey: The Telegraph, 24 October, 2010

Vacant tech seats hit a record

Nearly 6,000 seats in private engineering colleges will remain vacant this year with the state government deciding not to hold any more counselling sessions after third round that ended on Tuesday.

The number of vacant seats in private colleges at the end of the final round of counselling last year was 2,629.

Around 57,000 students - ranked till 80,000 on the joint entrance examination merit list - were asked to attend the third round of counselling. But only around 700 turned up. There won't be any more counselling this year, said an official in the higher education department.

The number of vacant seats has come as a shock for the government, which has been allowing private groups since the mid-1990s to set up engineering colleges in an attempt to spread technical education.

Only 50,000 students from the science stream cleared the HS this year. According to some, the rising cost of engineering education is another deterrent. "A students in a private college has to spend Rs 5 Lakh in four years. Many families can't afford thet," a teacher said.

Courtsey: The Telegraph

Single entrance exam 'absured' says JEE chief

The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) will be held next year, despite thw HRD ministry's suggestion of doing away with JEEs in each state and, instead, holding a single entrance examination in the country for entrance to engineering institutes.

"This is an absured proposal. The reforms and alternative to JEE including AIEEE committee formed by the MHRD have asked for suggestions from stakeholders, including universities and state higher education officials. We have strongly protested," said Siddhartha Dutta, chairman of WBJEE.

"The committee has suggested an online JEE exam with just 30% weightage. How will that be possible? A student interested in taking JEE in the districts cannot match up on skills. Our state engineering colleges will thus be flooded with students from other states. Can we allow this to happen? Can a student from the district hailing from a poor family afford the cost of studying in colleges outside Bengal? These are the few questions which need to be answered," Dutta explained.

Courtsey: The Times of India

Failure of Central Selection Committee or Whom to Blame?

After second phase of counseling, about 6,200 seats (22% of total seats) are still vacant. in recent years, many district colleges, especially the latest entrants, heve failed to fill their seats. And this time they have joined by many cilleges in and around Kolkata, which will definitely affect their functioning.

Why has this problem copped up? Logically, no one will find it worthwhile establishing an engineering college in West Bengal, given such a scenario.

Courtsey: The Statements, Kolkata, 03 August, 2010

Fee hike in private engineering college of West Bengal

After the implementation of the new fee structure, the fees for private engineering colleges will be hiked from Rs 41,500 to Rs 70,000 a year. While last year, the fees for the same course were Rs 41,500, the authorities of the West Bengal University of Technology had increased the fees to Rs 55,000 in the last week of June this year.

The latest hike will affect the aspirants for about 28,000 seats of the engineering colleges in the state.