AIEEE mismanagement, Offline test and more!

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AIEEE mismanagement, Offline test and more!

Hundreds of candidates appearing for All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) on Sunday had to race against time to reach their centers in Faridabad from different parts of Delhi and NCR. Due to heavy traffic and long distance, many could not reach on time and ended up protesting outside the centers as they were not allowed to take the test. Actually this was the first time when centers were from outside of Delhi.

This year, all candidates in Delhi and neighboring areas, who opted for a pen-and-paper test, were allotted centres only in Faridabad. Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon will have centres only for the online AIEEE to be held on May 7, 12, 19 and 26.

 Engineering aspirants from the state were preferring to face any hurdles to appear for offline tests rather than writing the exams online. It was evident on Sunday, with more than 77,000 engineering aspirants appearing for the offline version of the All-India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) held at Warangal, Guntur and Tirupati notwithstanding the difficulties including travelling, accommodation and other problems to write the exam.

Students from the city had to undergo the travails of a 125 km journey to Warangal and inadequate lodging facilities there as there is no centre in the state capital for the offline test.

Thousands of students from Hyderabad and surrounding areas descended on Warangal town, the closest centre to Hyderabad, by various modes of transport - buses, trains and even personal vehicles. Similarly, students in coastal Andhra districts chose Guntur and those in Rayalaseema opted for Tirupati centre. While physics questions in the engineering stream were found to be difficult, students claimed that mathematics and chemistry questions were comparatively easier than the previous year. Mistakes were reportedly found in two questions each of mathematics and physics segments. The B.Arch entrance examination is also learnt to have been moderate compared to last year.

Students faced hardships in their attempt to write the offline examination with large number of students along with their parents heading to Warangal, Tirupati and Guntur. Some students made prior arrangements to stay in these three towns for two-three days by booking hotels. However, most of the students opted to travel in the early hours of Sunday which led to traffic jams on roads leading to these three towns.

“We got stuck up in the traffic jam for more than 30 minutes in Warangal town. Further, we did not know the exact location of the exam centre which caused more problems for us in reaching the venue,” said D Gopal Reddy, parent of a candidate who appeared for the examination. Adding to the woes, several candidates had a difficulty in locating the exam centers. At most places in Warangal, police personnel and the locals helped students reach the exam centers on time. However, several students were delayed for the exam.

In Guntur, the officials failed to make proper arrangements like seating and drinking water.

In addition, power cuts added to the woes of candidates. Parents staged a dharna at JH College on the outskirts of Guntur as students were forced to write in dim light due to lack of power supply. Many students and their parents complained that there were no proper food facilities.

The AIEEE online paper window will open from May 7 to May 26 at 22 select cities allowing candidates to write the examination on their chosen date. The results of the examinations will be declared on or before June 15.

The way mismanagement has been taking place this time is really sad. Here’s a story of a parent who was prey of what happened this time.
What is CBSE trying to test?
We read that lakhs of students are appearing for this test. My son is also one of them and I will like to tell you they all work really hard to achieve good result.
But it is indeed disappointing that we have become insensitive towards the highly pressured child. Following 
Through your blog, I would like to bring out the problems faced by students who were to go cool headed for writing the test
1. Reaching and locating the centers
This year CBSE had given the choice of Online or offline test (Written test). 
All the students of Delhi who applied for written test were given Faridabad as the nearest choice. The traffic was horrible and one had to drive only in 1st gear for most of the distance from Badarpur to Faridabad which was stress building and increased the anxiety of the students giving the exam. Taking a margin of 2 hours before reporting time was not sufficient for us from south Delhi we reached the school a good 15 minutes late. Location of the center was another problem as KV1 and KV2 were closely located.
2. Seats
Is it possible for a class 12 student to sit comfortably on the furniture used in class 1?
What kind of concentration will a 6 feet tall boy have sitting in such an uncomfortable posture on the desk meant for class 1 students? Why is inhuman approach? Should the school not provide a comfortable atmosphere for the student to produce the best results? The type of seats provided to the students was very uncomfortable.
3. Invigilators behavior
the teachers on duty hardly understood the importance of the exam and were constantly talking. The corridors were full of movement and activity the students had to tell them to be quite please. Some musical function practice DJ was going on that too was a big disturbance.

I will like to ask the authorities what we are testing- Patience, Time management, working in uncomfortable environment or Knowledge and Skill???

I will also like to request the authorities to please adopt some humanitarian approach towards the children who are already burdened with the stress of competition. 

I am sure the other students appearing in this exam have faced a similar ordeal. Can something be done for these blessed children? With the introduction of the online exam, I am sure the authorities can give them another chance as they will require only a small extra effort but save the children of depression and a full academic year.
Hoping that my voice will reach the appropriate authorities and provide the necessary relief to the agony, also have better approach for the future.

“The centre was located so far away and the road leading to Faridabad from Sarita Vihar was choked in the morning as all candidates from Delhi and NCR were heading there. Though we had left home in Lakshmi Nagar at 7am, we could reach the centre only around 10.15am. As a result, my son could not takeit,” said Bharti Jain. Fighting disappointment, Eakansh waited and took the architecture entrance exam which was held later.

Bharti said: “There was total mismanagement in the exam. The hall ticket mentioned the address as KV 1, NH-4. Many parents, including us, assumed it meant national highway 4. Somebody told us later that NH meant neighbourhood.”

CBSE chairperson Vineet Joshi said, “The board has received just a few calls. Students should have factored in issues like traffic while planning as they know about the centre and location well in advance. Though the board is not responsible for candidates reaching the centres, they can make a representation to the board.”

 

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