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HRD Min. Interferes to Solve IIT Row

HRD minister M M Pallam Raju has invited the IIT-Delhi director on Wednesday to talk about widespread umbrage against the standard that students have to make safe top 20 percentile in class XII board examination. This is an additional criterion apart from performance in JEE (Advanced). So far, 79 students have been left without admission in IITs after receiving initial offer as they did not fulfill the cut-off norms that differ in case of each state board. Though Raju is ambiguous about changing the process from next year, sources said the minister has been getting lot of complaints against the mode in which cut-offs were calculated twice. "He wants to recognize what has gone wrong. Denial of admission has turned into a big matter in minister's home state Andhra Pradesh," a source said. IIT-Delhi controlled this year's JEE (Advanced). Sources told that the top 20 percentile eligibility cut-offs of class XII result was calculated two times. "This formed the difficulty. For instance, in case of Andhra Pradesh the first cut-off was 89% which had to be accurate to 91.8%. This occurred due to mistake but resulted in numerous students not getting the admission," a source said. The matter has previously contacted the Supreme Court. Last week, the apex court continued an Andhra Pradesh High Court order that kept four seats for students who had challenged the 20-percentile criteria. SC has delayed the matter for two weeks. There is a common variation in cut-offs. It is low in Tripura (53.2%), Jharkhand (56.2%), Assam (56.6%) and Uttarakhand (57.8%). CBSE's cut-off is 81.6%, ICSE (83.2%), UP (73%), Bihar (65%) and West Bengal (61.2%). Eligibility till last year across boards was 60%. IIT-Delhi sustains there is nothing wrong with the eligibility, and only few students would be pretentious.

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