NEET admissions: 3 cases of students submitting fake marksheets raise alarm

Ahead of the online allotment of MBBS and BDS seats in NEET counselling on July 21, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, has issued an advisory to colleges to ensure that result marksheets that candidates submit are checked against the original document available on the CBSE website.

The move comes after the varsity detected three fake forged marksheets submitted to it with marks inflated on Tuesday. The varsity has uploaded the merit list and students who had forged the NEET were foolhardy enough to approach the varsity claiming that the merit list had mistakes, a senior official with the varsity said.

“A female candidate who scored 477 marks in NEET approached us on Tuesday with a forged marksheet that recorded her marks at 577. She created a scene in the admission office, claiming that the merit list was wrong. On verification, the marksheet was found to be fabricated. When confronted, she fled. Students must refrain from such tricks,” the official added. Two similar cases were also reported on Tuesday.

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Now, the BFUHS has issued strict instructions to colleges to verify the NEET-2017 marks of candidates and not rely on the hand out results submitted by the students.

“NEET-2017 marks of the candidates should be verified by original login on computer from the website cbse.neet.nic.in. This should be minutely matched and verified with the result card of the exam that candidates submit,” the university’s note adds.

BFUHS V-C Dr Raj Bahadur said, “Before allotting a seat, the eligibility of each candidate shall be verified. In case, somebody submits a forged certificate, he/she will be in trouble as the documents will be again verified. We will report the cases to the police and seek the registration of a FIR.”

Meanwhile, of 9,200 students who applied for admission, 3,000 had submitted their online preferences of colleges till Tuesday.

Officials said students should consider the seats matrix uploaded at the website of the university as that will help them to decide their preference of college.

HC to hear plea seeking ‘priority admission’ for Delhi students in DU

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court (HC) will continue hearing a plea on Monday seeking priority in admission criteria for Delhi domiciled students in Delhi University (DU).

Response on this matter has already been sought from the DU vice chancellor (VC).

The HC on May 24 had issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and DU on a plea seeking preference in admission to DU students who were Delhi domiciled.

The HC on May 24 had issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and DU on a plea seeking preference in admission to DU students who were Delhi domiciled.

Member of Parliament from Delhi Parvesh Verma and Delhi assembly member Manjinder Singh Sirsa had met DU VC Yogesh Tyagi on May 17 and informed him about Delhi students being forced to pay large sums of money for admission to private universities as they were unable to join DU .

The two political leaders urged Tyagi to fix a 70 % quota for Delhi students or give at least 3 to 5% grace marks to Delhi students as it was “their constitutional right to be able to have access to higher education at a reasonable cost.”

Earlier even AAP had urged the VC to look into a similar proposal, but it was then rejected by the university.

Sirsa, a newly elected Rajouri Garden MLA, had earlier in a statement had said that students from neighbouring states were getting seats in Delhi colleges solely ‘due to the liberal markings’ while their Delhi counterparts were unable to do so ‘due to the strict marking system’.

DU admissions: 15,000 seats on offer in fourth cutoff list, check details here

Delhi University will start the admission process for the remaining 15,000 seats under the fourth cutoff list from Thursday with admission to honours courses such as Economics, English and BCom being closed at many popular colleges.

The cutoff has dropped by up to 5% points in popular courses and some colleges have reopened admissions in courses such as History, Economics, English and Political Science.

Commerce and Economics

Economics was closed for admission at 14 colleges, including Kirori Mal College (KMC), Kamla Nehru College (KNC), Lady Shri Ram (LSR), Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara, and SGTB Khalsa.

But 23 colleges, including Hindu, Hans Raj and Ramjas will continue with admission for Economics.

Four colleges, including Shyama Prasad Mukherji and PGDAV have reopened admissions in the course after withdrawals.

BCom is closed for admission at 15 colleges, including Hans Raj, Hindu, KMC, and LSR. But at 39 colleges, including Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, and Indraprastha College for Women, admissions in the course will continue. Kalindi College has reopened admission to BCom at 92%.

Shri Ram College of Commerce had closed admission for both the courses by the second cutoff list.

Humanities

Admission to English has been closed at 11 colleges including Hansraj, Hindu, KNC, KMC, and Sri Venkateswara. But admission is open at 35 colleges including LSR, Miranda House, and Ramjas. Cutoff for English has dropped by up to two percentage points.

Gargi College and Satyawati Evening College has reopened the course for admissions under the fourth list.

Around 18 colleges including Gargi, Hindu, KNC and Miranda House have closed admission to History. But 22 colleges including KMC, Hansraj, Ramjas and Sri Venkateswara will continue with admission in the course.

The course has seen a drop of up to 3% points and it has reopened for admission at colleges such as Daulat Ram College and LSR.

Admission to Political Science is over at 28 colleges including Hindu, KMC, LSR, and Miranda House. But at 25 colleges including Ramjas and Sri Venkateswara, the admissions will continue. KNC has reopened admission in the course.

Some colleges such as Gargi have reopened it for admission for BA programme.

Sciences

The cutoff for Chemistry, which is open for admission at 12 colleges, has dropped by up to 1% point, with highest dips at Dyal Singh College and Zakir Husain Delhi College. Hans Raj College has maintained their cutoff at 95.66%, same as third list.

The highest dip for Mathematics, which is available for admission at 22 colleges, was at Lakshmibai College, where it dropped by 1.25% points from 93.5%. It has re-opened for admission at six colleges including Kalindi, ARSD, and Dyal Singh College.

The cutoff for Physics dropped by two percentage points and it has re-opened for admissions in two colleges including Kalindi.

The non-collegiate women’s education board (NCWEB) also released its third cutoff list on Wednesday. The lowest cutoff for BA Programme and BCom was at Aditi Mahavidyalaya at 68% and 76% respectively.

The highest cutoff for both the courses was at Miranda House at 86% . Admissions are on at all 26 NCWEB centers.

Female applicants from Delhi NCT were supposed to be automatically eligible for NCWEB seats, however, some students had inadvertently unchecked NCWEB as an option.

As a relief to these students, the DU has now said that all female students who have applied for BA Programme and BCom courses for regular colleges will be considered for admission to NCWEB.

DHE Odisha plus 3 admissions on basis of second list begin today, check details here

Odisha’s Department of Higher Education (DHE) has released selection list number two for plus three college admissions. To check the list, go to dheodisha.gov.in. Admissions for the degree programmes have begun today.

After receiving intimation of the admissions from DHE on their mobile phones students making it to the second list will have to report to allotted colleges today and tomorrow (July 13 and 14). Colleges will also display the names of the selected candidates on their notice boards.

After receiving intimation of the admissions from DHE on their mobile phones students qualifying in the second list will have to report to allotted colleges today and tomorrow (July 13 and 14)

The third list for admissions is expected on July 18. Students can also call 155335 or 1800-345-6770 (toll free) to confirm if they have been shortlisted, various agency reports have said

How to check your results

Go to dheosdisha.gov.in.

Click on+3 result 2017 link.

Key in your registration number, password, date of birth.

Check your allotment

DU admissions: 57% seats in various colleges full, 4th cut-off list on July 13

Nearly 57% of around 52,000 seats in undergraduate courses in various Delhi University colleges have been filled following the release of three cut-off lists by the varsity in a fortnight.

The varsity had on Friday released the third cut-off list with highest being 98% for BA (Honours) in Psychology course in Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

“Over 30,000 out of around 52,000 seats in various DU colleges have already been filled, along with payment of fees. Remaining seats will is most likely to be filled after release of other two cut-off lists,” chairman of DU’s Admissions Committee, Professor Maharaj K Pandit said.

Students wait in queue for submitting their documents for the new academic year 2017-18 at Hans Raj College in North Campus in New Delhi, on June 27, 2017.

The first and second cut-off lists were released on 23 June and 1 July respectively.

While seats for much preferred B.A.(Hons.) English and Economics courses were still open in various colleges, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Lady Shri Ram (LSR) along with Hindu College has closed its admissions to some of the courses.

The fourth and the fifth lists are expected to be released on 13 and 18 July respectively.

DU admission: Last day to get a seat if you made it to third list, fourth cutoff on July 12

If you meet the cutoff under the third list at Delhi University colleges but have not taken admission yet, then you should rush as admissions at morning shift colleges will close at 1pm and at evening shift colleges will close at 7pm.

Monday is the last day of admission under the third cutoff list, admission under which was started on July 7. The fourth list is expected to be released on July 12.

Under the third cutoff list there are still options available with many Delhi colleges in popular honours courses such as economics, BCom, English, political science, history and mathematics.

Colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara, LSR, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram still have seats left in the popular courses.

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“Students meeting the cutoff under the third list will be given admission till 1pm and 7pm today for morning and evening shift colleges respectively. We advise students to reach college on time with all documents,” said a DU official.

For document verification and approval for admission, the timings at morning shift colleges are 9.30am to 1pm and for evening shift colleges it is 4pm to 7pm.

Commerce and Economics

Under the third cutoff list, Economics (hons) is closed at nine colleges, including Sri Ram College of Commerce. But it is available at colleges such as LSR, Hindu, Hans Raj, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97.5 per cent and lowest is at Sri Aurobindo Evening at 91.5 per cent.

BCom (hons) is closed at 11 colleges including, SRCC, Hindu, and LSR.

But it is open for admission at colleges such as Hans Raj, KMC, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at Hans Raj at 96.75 per cent and lowest is at Aditi Mahavidyalaya at 89.5 per cent.

Humanities

English (hons) is closed at four colleges – Dyal Singh, Gargi, Mata Sundri and Satyawati College Evening. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97 per cent and lowest is at Zakir Hussain College Evening at 88 per cent.

History is closed at 18 colleges, including Gargi, Hindu and LSR. But it is available at colleges such as Kirori Mal, Hans Raj, LSR, Miranda House, Ramjas, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women. The highest cutoff is at KMC at 95 per cent and lowest is at Swami Shraddhanad at 84 per cent.

Political Science is closed at 14 colleges, including Hindu and Kamla Nehru College. The highest dip for the course is at SGTB Khalsa, where it dropped from 97.25 per cent to 95.25 per cent.

But colleges such as LSR, Ramjas Miranda House, Kirori Mal, Sri Venkateswara, and IP College for Women will give admission in the course. The highest cutoff is at LSR at 97.25 per cent and lowest is at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Evening at 85 per cent.

Sciences

Mathematics is closed at 13 colleges, LSR and KNC. But it is available for admission at colleges such as Hindu, Hans Raj, Miranda House, KMC, Sri Venkateswara, IP College for Women, and Daulat Ram. The highest cutoff is at Hindu at 96.75 per cent and the lowest is at Vivekananda College at 90 per cent.

Physics is closed at nine colleges, including Gargi, Hans Raj and Hindu. But it is open for admission at colleges such as KMC, Ramjas, Miranda House, Daulat Ram, Sri Venkateswara.

DU admissions: 73% seats full, fourth cutoff list on July 13

With admissions approved to approximately 73% of the seats at DU colleges, the last day of admissions under the third cutoff list drew to a close at the Delhi University on Monday.

The fourth cutoff list is to be released on Thursday, however, the qualifying percentage requirement is not expected to drop by more than a mark or two for most popular courses at sought after colleges.

DU has around 56,000 seats at its 60-odd constituent colleges.

“Admission to almost 41,000 seats have been approved. Of these, around 37,000 students have paid their fees,” said a DU official, who works with the admissions committee. Students, whose admissions have been approved, have until noon on Tuesday to pay their admission fees online.

However, seats for popular course choices may still be available under the fourth list in many colleges. While colleges like Kamala Nehru College are likely to close admissions to most popular courses and others like Ramjas College claimed that they are yet to collate data on the availability of seats, some institutes still have few seats left in sought after courses like BCom (Hons), BA Programme, English (Hons), and History (Hons), among others.

Miranda House has filled over 90% of their seats by the end of the third cycle of admissions. Though they still have a few seats left for courses like English (Hons) and BA Programme, the percentage point requirement is not expected to drop significantly in the fourth list, with most courses seeing no more than a 0.2% point drop.

“The cutoff for English (Hons) will either remain the same or be reduced by one mark,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

Though History is expected to be closed at Miranda, few seats are still available at Lady Shri Ram College. LSR had closed admissions to History (Hons) under the third list, alongwith 17 other colleges such as Gargi and Hindu, but seats are now available because of withdrawals.

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LSR also has seats for honours programmes in Psychology, English, Journalism, and Philosophy. However, these courses will also not see a drop of more than 0.25% points in the fourth list, according to Suman Sharma, the principal, while adding that they have had to deal with over admissions in the past.

Sri Venkateswara College, which had all of its courses other than Chemistry and Sanskrit (Hons) open under the third list, will probably have a fourth list for most of its courses, other than English (Hons). They may even have a few seats left for Economics (Hons), which was closed at nine colleges including Sri Ram College of Commerce, under the third list.

“We have filled around 888 seats, out of our available 1,089. We have around four or five seats for BCom (Hons). We also have around 20 seats each for BCom and BA programmes,” said Venkat Kumar, the admission convenor of the college. The cutoff for the general category here too is not likely to drop by more than one mark, however, for certain reserved categories the cutoff may drop by upto 2% points, added Kumar.

IIT JEE counselling resumes, check here for details

Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA ), set up by the HRD ministry to manage all counselling admissions to IITs, ISM (Indian School of Mines) NITs (National Institutes of Technology ), IIITs and other government-funded technical institutes, has started its third round of counselling from today, July 11. An updated schedule for the rest of the allotment process is now available on www.josaa.nic.in.

The JoSAA 2017 seat allotment result for the third round was released on July 10.

For modified dates, click here. To check your seat allotment, click here.

JoSAA’s schedule yesterday, July 10, included display of seats filled/availability status and seat allocation for the third round.

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Today, on July 11 and 12, from 10 am to 4 pm, and up to July 13, from 10 am to 1 pm, students whose names have appeared in the third seat allotment list can accept and withdraw from seats at a reporting centre for the third round. For the list of reporting centres, click here.

This change was introduced after a Supreme Court order last week suspended the admission process for four days. On July 7, the SC restrained admissions based on Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE-Adv) 2017 after receiving a petition by students who were unhappy with the decision of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to award 18 bonus marks to all students who appeared for the paper. The petitioners claimed that bonus marks should only be awarded to students who attempted the erroneous questions.

“As directed by the Supreme Court of India, the third round of counselling will start from July 11,” said a statement made by JoSAA its official website. Close to 3,200 seats were lying vacant across IITs, NITs, IIITs and other GFTIs after second round of allotment. Only 68 out of these were available in 23 IITs, including the Indian School of Mines-Dhanbad (ISM-Dhanbad).

The Supreme Court lifted on Monday the stay on admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs and other colleges, bringing relief to thousands of students who took the joint entrance examination.

The court had on Friday put on hold admissions to IITs, National Institutes of Technology and other colleges over the awarding of bonus marks in JEE, an all-India examination taken by aspiring engineers.

Dismissing petitions challenging the award of grace marks, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra also directed the institutes to give an undertaking that such an error would not be repeated.

“IITs will have to give an undertaking and develop a mechanism that such mistakes will not recur and ensure that no such situation arises in which bonus marks will have to be awarded to all the students,” the bench said, adjourning the case for a hearing in October.

50% fee cut in nursing, architecture studies in cluster varsities in J-K

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced a 50% fee cut for students in nursing and architecture courses in constituent colleges of cluster universities in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu.

The announcement was made by Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in Srinagar during a meeting to review the functioning of Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) and Cluster University Jammu (CUJ) and to discuss the action plan for the speedy growth and development of these varsities.

The minister directed the officers concerned to cut down the existing annual fee of nursing course from Rs 65,000 to Rs 32,500 for general category students and make it Rs 15,000 for those from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.

Fee Cut

He also announced the 50% cut on the existing annual fee for architecture course from Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 50,000 for general category students and Rs 25,000 for BPL students, an official spokesman said.

Bukhari also discussed the appointment of deans for both universities and asked vice chancellors to prepare the list of candidates each for CUS and CUJ so that the positions are filled up at the earliest.

He said the appointment of deans would be made in consultation with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the chancellor of these universities, the spokesman said.

Bukhari said the chief minister has desired to address all the problems faced by these Cluster Universities as these are in its infancy phase and needs a hand holding.

The meeting was informed that the logos for both the universities will be developed by National Institute of Designing at the cost of Rs six lakh each and will be ready by August 15.

The strengthening of the existing faculty and the need for additional faculty for these universities was also discussed threadbare, the spokesman said.

No-detention policy in school may be scrapped from next academic year: Union minister

The no-detention policy might be scrapped from the next academic year as the policy has negatively impacted affected quality of basic education in the country, Union minister of state for human resources development Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Thursday.

“Many states have expressed worry over declining education quality due to the no-detention policy and supported to remove it. Eyeing this, a decision has been made where the Centre approved that the no-detention policy can be uprooted from the next academic year,” Pandey told the media at the BJP headquarters in Agartala.

The minister said the state governments will decide if they want to continue with the policy or remove it.

Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, no child admitted in a school will be held back in any class or expelled till the completion of elementary education covering classes 1 to 8.

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“There has been a unanimous decision of withdrawing the no-detention policy from the Right to Education Act 2009,” the minister said.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to transform 20 universities of the country into world class ones and the ministry was working in this direction.

During his two-day visit, Pandey visited the Sanskrit Institute and the National Institute of Technology. He also assured to extend support for upgradation of the engineering institute.

Pandey also expressed pleasure over growing popularity of the BJP in the Left-ruled state. “I hope BJP will be the new parivartan (change) in Tripura in the 2018 assembly election,” he said.