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Discontinue normalisation process, say managements

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The process of normalisation of marks for admission to engineering courses should be discontinued and admissions to the management quota should be done on the basis of performance in the Plus Two examinations, the Kerala State Self Financing Engineering College Managements Association has demanded.

In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb on Wednesday, the association pointed out that normalisation is a “time-consuming process” and is “not absolute.”

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technological University (KTU) should be allowed to conduct the engineering entrance examination and carry out the allotment thereafter. The existing fee structure can continue for this year also.

The prospectus, allotment process, and admission to B.Tech. courses should be completely delinked from admission to medical and allied courses. The targeted enrolment of students for the entrance examination should be enhanced to at least two lakh, the memorandum read.

The entrance examination should be made online in conformation with the GATE, NET, CAT, and MAT examinations. All engineering colleges are equipped with online facility, scanners, and so on. At least five hard copies of the prospectus should be made available free of cost to all senior secondary schools in the State. A model question paper should be made available to all Plus Two schools and all students should be given a mock test.

The entrance examination should be conducted in all State capitals and in all major cities in the country. The negative marking system should be dispensed with and only the percentile system followed. While admission to the 50 per cent government merit seats would be done on the basis of the rank in the entrance examination, admissions to the remaining 50 per cent management seats would be on the basis of a candidate’s performance in the Plus Two examination, the memorandum said.

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