Several students who have passed their Std X examination from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are facing problems with the submission of their Std XI admission forms due to the absence of an authorised centre in the city for validating the percentage of marks calculated from their cumulative grade points average (CGPA). The problem is more pronounced in the case of students from outside Maharashtra who have come to the city to apply for seats in Std XI under the ongoing centralised admission process (CAP).
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012 is the last date for submission of admission forms. For these students, it's a race against time to get the all-important validation since the CBSE has set up only four guidance centres, all in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, to help them with the certification of marks. Travelling all the way to these centres — R. N. Podar school, Santacruz (West), Apeejay school, Nerul in Navi Mumbai, DAV public school, Airoli, Navi Mumbai and DAV public school, Nerul, Navi Mumbai — and returning to Pune to submit the forms in time is indeed a bit of a bother.
The four guidance centres too have not proved to be of much help to some of the students. "I visited the R.N. Podar school at Santacruz on 21st June 2012 but the authorities there insisted that they will mail my grade sheet to the CBSE in New Delhi. Nothing has happened thereafter," said Mohammed Umer Bhati, who passed his Std X from the CBSE-affiliated Indian School Al Seeb in Muscat. "My CGPA is 9.4 and my overall percentage works out to 89.3 but the authorities at the Laxmanrao Apte Prashala refused to accept my form," Bhati said.
Apte Prashala is the only form submission centre in Pune for non-SSC board students. "The authorities insisted that I furnish the original of my converted mark sheet along with an attested copy of the same," he said. Anubha Jaiswal, who approached Fergusson College, had a similar experience to narrate about her cousin, Mragendra Singh, who passed his Std X from the CBSE-affiliated Daly College School in Indore and is seeking admission to Std XI in Pune.
"The authorities at the Fergusson College centre are not accepting his grades sheet. We called the DAV public school at Airoli but the authorities said they won't be able to help unless they get clearcut instructions from CBSE Delhi regarding conversion of grades," said Jaiswal. Many students have sent frantic mails to the CBSE but they have received only auto-replies assuring that the board "will look into the matter". Under the CBSE's continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) and grading system, a student's performance is assessed using conventional numerical marking mode, which is converted into grades on the basis of a pre-determined marks range.
For instance, if the marks are in the range of 91 to 100, the student is awarded A1 grade which is 10 grade point. Similarly, an A2 grade comes in rang of 81 to 90 which is 9 grade point. The last grade is a D for marks between 33 and 40. The ‘grade sheet-cum-certificate of performance' issued by the CBSE board carries only grades. The Maharashtra government uses only marks to decide admission in Std XI. For conversion of grades into marks, the CBSE has provided a formula under which the CGPA is multiplied by 9.5 to secure the overall percentage of marks. However, the calculation of percentage from the CGPA has to be validated by a CBSE-assigned authority.
"The CBSE provides marksheets of students to its affiliated schools. Based on this, the schools certify their students' marks on the school letterheads and only such validated marksheets are accepted along with the Std XI admission forms," said Rekha Palshikar, Std XI CAP committee member and vice-principal of Fergusson College. For students from outside Maharashtra, the guidance centres are located in Mumbai, she said. Officials at the Std XI CAP centres at Fergusson College and Apte Prashala confirmed that they are getting a steady stream of CBSE students expressing their worry over how to get their marks certified with no authorised guidance centre in Pune.
Courtesy: Times of India