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Nearly 39,000 more students have taken admission in the science stream this year compared to last year. This is highest increase in the history of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), officials said. In fact, for the first, the number of students studying science has crossed the one lakh mark.
This is also the first year that the board has introduced the semester system in class XI (science) and the exams will be conducted by the board. As many as 1.19 lakh students are enrolled in the class XII science stream this year, compared to 80,000 who appeared for board exam in the previous year. The class XI science board semester exams have been scheduled on October 13. The historic jump is being attributed to the students showing a positive response to the semester system. While the number of board exams will increase from one to four, students will get to break the syllabus into four parts, considerably easing the stress. Former GSHSEB chairman Hasmukh Hingu said the HSC science results have also been encouraging in the past couple of years, which has prompted more students to opt for the stream. This year, 1.39 lakh more students have also passed the SSC exam as compared to last year which has contributed to science stream getting more students. Besides, the number of seats in professional courses has increased substantially, making it easier for a student with average marks to get admission in an engineering or pharmacy course. Unlike previous years when students were forced to study in the bachelor of science course if they got less than 60 per cent marks, now students with 45 per cent marks have got admission in engineering and pharmacy courses, M. N. Patel, member of the Admission Committee for Professional Courses said.
Courtesy: Times of India
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