Saturday, June 22, 2013

In a first, girls among IIT entrance test toppers

If Sibbala Leena Madhuri is aware of having made history, she's not showing it. The 16 year-old, originally from Thirupathi and now based in Hyderbad, is one of the first two girls ever to feature in the top 10 ranks of the entrance exam to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Her rank is eighth; the other girl, Aditi Laddha from Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh (Delhi zone),is sixth.

"I thought I would get below rank 20, wasn't expecting my score to be in the top 10," says Leena. With a score of 97.9% -- Andhra Pradesh board - she assumes she's in the top 20 percentile. "I think I'll go to Mumbai or Delhi IIT and will opt for either electronics or computer science." When she's not studying, she plays chess and listens to music. Only about 11% of the total number qualifying are women.

Pallerla Sai Sandeep Reddy, 17, Harry Potter-fan and JEE Advanced topper, wants computer science at Mumbai IIT too. But that's for a start. "Finally I'll take up robotics," he says on his way to "college" (high school in Hyderabad) to celebrate. "I didn't think I'd top before the exam but after, yes," he says laughing. His exam went that well. Son of a government school teacher of social studies, Sandeep has spent many years away from home in a village near Podili town, Prakasham district, AP. He was staying in hostel in Hyderabad and had completed the entire high-school syllabus by the middle of Class 11. "That way I could devote the next year to preparation. I studied 12 hours," he says.

The IITs surprised everyone by declaring the results two days before the scheduled June 23. "The reason we are doing this early is because there are many applicants from very remote parts of the country who don't have internet access and, therefore, don't get to know their results in time for counseling," says IIT-Delhi Director, R.K. Shevgaonkar. The IITs will be sending hardcopies of results to the candidates so that those without internet access are not left out. Counseling will start from June 24 and continue till June 30. The physical verification of certificates for the first round of counseling will be done between July 4 and 8.

Of the 152,351 candidates who cleared JEE Mains and were eligible for JEE Advanced, 126,704 registered and even less actually appeared. "One of the reasons for this," says IIT Delhi's organizing chairman, H C Gupta, "Is that several states, for instance Gujarat, didn't conduct state exams and admitted on the basis of JEE Main (held in April) result. Many students who didn't register or write exam would've got into state engineering colleges. Next year, many states have opted for JEE Main including West Bengal, Maharashtra and Haryana." He further adds that many of the applicants who didn't write the exam even after registering would be girls - registration for them was free, they registered then didn't show.

The IITs are calling for counseling 276 SC/ST candidates who will be placed in the one-year "preparatory" course - reintroduced this year - and placed in first year from the next session. This is the first time the entrance exam into the IITs has been conducted in two parts. "For the first time we have to do the pre-preparation for the number of centres for the tests all on the basis of assumptions," says Gupta. The number of seats has increased at the IITs from 9,647 to 9,885 but the maximum increase has happened at the newer IITs where new courses have been launched.

Source: The Times of India, June 22, 2013

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive