Petitioners move SC over CBSE'S normalisation process of marks

Apoorva Puranik

India, July 10 -- After the Delhi High Court deferred the petition by affected students, against the Central Board of Secondary Education's (CBSE) normalisation of JEE and Class 12 marks on Monday, the petitioners will move the Supreme Court on the issue.

"There are currently three on-going cases on the issue across high courts in Delhi, Hyderabad and Chandigarh," said Kshitij Garg, who had started an online petition against normalisation before the results. The online petition had gathered a lot of steam.

"However, after the deferral, we have filed for a Supreme Court hearing and we expect it to come up sometime next week," said Garg.

The normalisation formula, used in the admission process for all National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other central government technical educational institutions, had been criticised and seen as favouring students from the CBSE board.

The flaw in the process lies in the fact that it includes 40% board marks which carries a weightage of 144 marks out of the total 360 marks.

In the normalisation formula, 50% board marks will be normalised by equating percantiles among different boards and anchoring them to the main allIndia JEE percantile.

For the calculation of this, CBSE and the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) decided to calculate each student's percentile scored in his/her board and give marks corresponding to that percentile in the JEE (Main) exams.

However, students were concerned that this process could result in a student with a high JEE (Main) score and a slightly lower score in their boards, to get a much lower rank than a student securing higher board marks and lesser JEE (mains) marks.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.