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Student caught in the middle of systematical mess

Thursday, October 11, 2018
By Tanishka Sodhi

In spite of scoring exceptionally well in his Common Entrance Test (CET) exam for the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course and being allotted the college of his choice, a student has been denied admission for the same.

The student, who applied under Christian Quota to study, and eventually teach through the Social Science method, has been allotted a college in the third round of the Centralized Admission Process (CAP) under the Muslim Quota to teach in the Engineering/IT method, after three rounds of confusion. Not only is this contrary to the information that the student allegedly entered in his CAP form, it is also something that he will be ineligible to teach after completing the course, coming from Mass Media, a non science background.

Shannon Nogueira (21), gave his CET exam in June, in which he scored 94. He then applied through the CAP for admissions. The first list for the same, allotted him a seat at St. Xavier's College of Education – the college of choice. But when he went to confirm his seat, he was made aware of a certain mistake in how he had entered his grades. He had listed his grade as 68 per cent, as Mass Media courses do not provide consolidated mark sheets, when in actuality, the aggregate was 70 per cent. In the third round that came out on Friday evening, (due to the error, the student was not allowed to appear for the second round) Nogueira was again allotted Xaviers – the college of his choice.

The next morning as he was about to get his admission confirmed, he noticed that although his login still said Xaviers, the application form had changed it's college of allotment to All-India Khilafat Committee College of Education, under the Muslim Quota, with the method of choice being Engineering/IT.

The CET cell located at Fort informed Nogueira that there was nothing they could do as the admissions were being handled by the Directorate of Higher Education located in Pune. An official from the DHE cell allegedly told the student that the college shown on his system allotted to Nogueira was also Xaviers, and there must have been a system error which will be resolved. The next day, however, the student's login as well as download form said Khilafat, and the official refused to help. The upset student said, “I will try to get admission through the offline method, but in all possibility, my year will go to waste academically. I have worked hard and scored well, but the education system is clearly in a mess.”

When asked about the issue, the official from Directorate of Higher Education said, “The database says he has been assigned Khilafat college. It must have shown Xaviers for him due to the first list. The student must have incorrectly filled the form.”

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