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20 Candidates Hit The Bull’s Eye In CAT EXAM



Twenty exceptional brains proved their worth. They were successful in achieving of what they had dreamt of. These students achieved a perfect score in the recently held 2016 CAT exam out of the 1.95 lakh aspirants. Male engineers stamped their dominance this year, too by topping the list. Looking at the previous 100 percentile results, the number has increased in the last six years with no woman in the top slot. Last year, one of the 17 toppers was a girl.

“When you look at the sectionals, there have been non-engineers and female candidates who have successfully hit the bulls eye ie. they have scored 100 percentile (sic),” said Professor Rajendra K Bandi (IIM-Bangalore), convener of CAT 2016 in a press release.

The results which were announced on Monday and uploaded on the institute’s website, were forwarded to individual candidates via SMS. The institute wishes to release candidate profile details after the interviews.

There were nine 100 percentilers in 2011, 10 in 2012, eight in 2013, 16 in 2014 and 17 in 2015. Sixty-seven per cent of male candidates registered for the test which was conducted on December 24 across 138 cities. Though importance is given to CAT by individual IIMs, the test score is not the deciding factor for pursuing higher studies in an IIM of choice.

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Of the 20 toppers this year three come from Delhi, two from Kolkata and one each from Mumbai, Pune & Chennai. From Delhi, Rahul Sharma, Akshay Mehndiratta and Arpit Singh are among the 100 percentilers. Mehndiratta, an IIT-Delhi graduate, managed the perfect score in his second attempt. Even his 99.34 score in his previous attempt failed to earn him a place in an IIM of his choice. Now, with a perfect 100, he hopes to get an offer from the three leading IIMs.

Singh, who is an IITian from IIT-Delhi, scored a perfect 100 in his first attempt. “He began preparing for the exam in May 2015 for which he did a 6-month course. Singh took a break and put in his 100% to crack the mock tests till December. Sharma, who is a CAT, did his graduation from IIM-Ahmedabad after clearing the CAT in 2008 because he wanted to study the changing pattern.


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Yash Choudhari of Maharashtra, who is pursuing his engineering from College of Engineering, Pune, was also successful in hitting the bull’s eye in his very first attempt in the most competitive test to get admission in premier IIMs He successfully attempted a mock test, almost daily till the exam date. Though being difficult, he was able to crack it,” said Choudhari, from Kolhapur.

Patrick D’Souza from Mumbai who scored a perfect 100 is a CAT trainer and has attempted the test 12 times in the past to study the changing pattern in CAT and use it to coach students. He has been among the 100 percentilers, once in 2007 and then in 2009. He has done his MBA from Mumbai’s Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. This year, Kolkata had something to be proud of. Its two students had earned the top spots. Avidipto Chakraborty of Salt Lake who attempted the exam from Mumbai and is currently interning at Nomura.





DU Professor Writes To PM On “Violation” Of Quota Norms In Teachers’ Appointment In Central Varsities



He said the Dalit teachers have not been happy due to lack of implementation of the reservation policies in various central universities.

A Delhi University professor has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing various central universities of violating various reservation norms in appointing Dalit teachers and requested him to look into the matter.

In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Academic Council member Professor Hansraj Suman requested him to ensure that the vacant posts for professors in central varieties are filled up as per the regulations for reservation in appointments of SC/ ST teachers.

He said the Dalit teachers have not been happy due to lack of implementation of the reservation policies in various central universities. He said there are many posts for which there was no reservation policy in place in many varsities, giving the varieties a free hand in the matter, he wrote in the letter.


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100 Percent Fee Refund On Cancellation Of Admission 15 Days Before Last Date: UGC



The University Grants Commission (UGC) prohibited the charging of fees in advance for a year or a semester. It also warned institutes against forcing students to buy the institutions’ prospectus.

UGC has issued the guidelines to be followed for fee refund in case of withdrawal of admission. The rule shall be applicable to undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs run by universities included under Section 2 (f) of UGC Act, together with all colleges under their affiliating domain and institutions declared as Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act. The guidelines also cover retention of original certificates by Higher Education Institutes at the time of admission.

The decision about fee-refund was announced by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar during an interaction with media on October 10, 2018.

“Now no student will be required to submit any original academic and personal certificates at the time of submission of admission form and Students’ will get refund of fee from the Institution if they withdraw their admission from the programme,” the minister had said.

The guidelines state that Higher Education Institutes can not make it mandatory for students to purchase institutional prospectus. As per the Right to Information Act 2005, and also reiterated by UGC, all HEIs have to disclose institute related information, i.e. course details, affiliation details, intake capacity etc. on its official website.

HEIs can not charge fees for any semester/year other than the one in which a student is to engage in academic activities.

In case of withdrawal of admission, the following rules will be applicable for refund of fee:

100% fee refund: in case a student decides to withdraw 15 days or more before the formally notified last date of admission. Not more than 5% of the fees paid by the student, subject to a maximum of Rs. 5000, will be deducted as processing charges.

90% fee refund: in case a student decides to withdraw less than 15 days before the formally notified last date of admission.

80% fee refund: in case a student decides to withdraw within 15 days or less after the formally notified last date of admission.

50% fee refund: in case a student decides to withdraw between 16 days and 30 days after the formally notified last date of admission.

NIL: in case a student decides to withdraw after 30 days of the formally notified last date of admission.

HEIs can not ask students to submit original certificates at the time of admission. HEIs shall physically verify the original certificates at the time of admission and return the same immediately. The self-attested certificates of students will be held valid and authentic. In  case, a HEI doubts the authenticity of the certificates they can approach the concerned University or Board which issued the certificate but original certificate can not be retained under any circumstance.

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DU’s Political Science Department To Continue With Kancha Ilaiah’s Books



The committee had suggested removal of three of books of Ilaiah— Why I am not a Hindu, God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism, and Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution.

Setting aside the recommendations of the standing committee on academic matters, which had suggested removing three books of OBC academician and activist Kancha Ilaiah for being insulting to Hinduism from the postgraduate syllabus, Delhi University’s (DU) Political Science Department have decided to continue with the readings.

The decision was “unanimously” taken in a department meeting held on Thursday. The final decision in the matter, however, will be taken by the Academic Council (AC).

The committee had suggested removal of three of books — Why I am not a Hindu, God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism, and Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution.

“We stand by the past courses we have taught, as we had sent them earlier. The books will also continue to be used. These were very carefully considered readings which were given for these courses, and these are readings which are used all over the country and world. They are part of standing academic discourse, so there’s no question of selectively picking on them,” said associate professor Madhulika Banerjee.

Assistant professor Saroj Giri, who was also a part of the meeting, said no change was accepted which was suggested by the committee. “They had a problem with three courses — Black Radical Traditions, where they objected to the word ‘radical’, Islam; International Relations where they said that the word ‘religion’ should replace the word ‘Islam’; and Political Theology in India, wherein they wanted more Hindu literature. None of these recommendations were accepted,” he said.

“All these decisions were taken purely on academic grounds. The committee, in its formal communication, has not mentioned the reasons for implementing these changes,” said Giri.

Professor N Sukumar, too, said no “academic reasons” were given for the suggestions: “The final decision rests with the AC, but if they do decide to drop these books, I… will approach court.”

Ilaiah said he was thankful to the department for “taking a stand”. “I’m glad the department has taken a democratic stand to protect the pluralist ideas continuing in the university. This will set a trend in universities in the rest of the country, where Hindutva people wanted to make universities one dimensional,” he said.

Hansraj Suman, member of the standing committee and among those who raised objections to Ilaiah’s readings and the use of the word Dalit, said, “I don’t want to comment. The final decision will be taken by the AC.”

Source: (indianexpress)

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