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Indore: CET panel refuses to approve admissions for lack of trust in data with tech partners

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Indore: Citing provisions of IT Act, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s common entrance test (CET) coordination committee denied approving admissions granted to students in various university teaching departments through the entrance exam. “The committee does not have authority to validate admissions as all the data related to the students participated in the CET is stored with our software partners. So, as per provisions in the IT Act, our software partners are responsible for authenticity of the CET data and not us.

We can’t authentic the data presented by the partners before us,” CET coordination committee chairman Anil Kumar said. However, his statement sparked a new controversy in the university as now, the student leaders are saying that if the university itself does not trust the CET data with its software partners, how can it expect the students and their parents to accept the data. “Massive manipulation in the CET data has been made. If forensic examination of the CET data is done, the truth will come out,” said Congress leader Tejprakash Rane. After the first round of document verification of courses in Group C and D, provision admission lists were sent to the CET committee members for their approval, but they denied validating the admissions saying that they do not have right to approve data presented by the software partners.

Though the committee members claimed that there is no scope for any manipulation in CET data, they said that they have to go by the rulebook. “We can’t exercise something which is beyond our powers,” Anil Kumar said. This year, the DAVV had conducted CET for the first time in online mode. It had partnered with three different companies for the three different tasks of the CET. First, MPOnline was given the responsibility to accept registrations online. Second, Sify Solutions was roped into the task of holding online CET. Third; a local company has been given the task of holding online CET counselling. All three companies have different data related to CET students.


NEARLY 50% ADMISSION IN FIRST ROUND 

The DAVV received very poor response to CET in the first round. A proof to it is that nearly 50 per cent seats could be filled in courses in Group C and D. Even after school courses, including MCA, MTech and MBA (hospital administration) saw poor admission scenario, these courses, which used to see up to 80 per cent admission in first round, ended up with around 50 per cent enrolment. Master degree courses of School of Electronics were among the courses which saw least number of students on UTD campus. The number of admission two courses of this department was below two digits. A senior professor wishing anonymity attributed poor response of students to mismanagement in conduct of CET. “At every stage, organisers of CET failed to ensure fair and hassle-free process. It’s because of this reason not many students turned up for CET counselling despite registrations on such a large scale. DAVV has lost its credibility,” he added.

NO PROVISIONAL SELECTION LIST FOR GROUP A, B

Once bitten, twice shy. After seeing protests by students over difference occurred in provisional selection list and final selection lists, the DAVV announced not to release provisional selection list for courses under Group A and B. “Protests took place because students and their parents could not understand a basic fact that provisional selection list may be different than final selection list as students were being provided with choice to change preferences if they wish too. Now we have decided not to issue provisional selection lists for course in Group A and B,” Kumar said. The DAVV is also changing document verification dates of Group A and B. “The final schedule will be announced after CET coordination committee meeting on Monday,” Kumar said.