Lucknow: About 1.45 lakh candidates applying for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) B.Ed 2010 are being disqualified. The disqualified candidates will not be allowed to appear in the entrance examination, as eligibility criteria have been modified.
Anil Sant, Secretary Higher Education, has said that those applicants who have secured less than 50 per cent marks in graduation would not be allowed to appear in the entrance examination, as they do not conform to the norms set by National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE). He said that SC/ST candidates having graduation degree would be allowed to appear in the examination.
Further, he also mentioned that Lucknow University has been directed to refund the application fee of Rs 800 deposited by the aspirants, who have less than 50 per cent marks. He stated that in 2007 NCTE fixed the criteria of allowing aspirants, who have secured 45 per cent marks in graduation, to apply for admission in BEd course. The norms were again modified by the NCTE in August last year and it was decided that only those students having 50 per cent or more would be allowed to apply for admission in B.Ed course.
Mr Sant said that neither the state government nor the Lucknow University was informed about the new norms. Therefore, the university had decided to conduct the entrance examination on the basis of norms fixed in 2007. As per sources, the Rashtriya Lok Dal General Secretary Anil Dubey has demanded that the aspirants having less than 50 per cent marks should be allowed to take up the entrance examination, as they too were not aware of the reformed norms.