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12th marks will not lose weightage in JEE, HRD Ministry


New Delhi: A committee comprising of IIT Roorkee Director Ashok Misra submitted a report to the HRD ministry advocating notable changes in JEE exam structure and suggesting a single entrance for admission to technical institutes.

Recently, the council also advised for setting up of a National Testing Service by early 2016 to conduct an Aptitude Test on the lines of SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

“The aptitude test may be offered two or more times in a year and would be online. The testing shall gauge the scientific thinking and cannot be gamed through coaching institutes. Based on this performance, about 4 lakh candidates shall be shortlisted for taking the JEE “the panel suggested.

“The JEE itself will be on the lines of the current JEE (Advanced),” it added.

But the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry headed by Smriti Irani, has refused to accept the recommendation of the committee for scraping the system of giving weightage to Class XII board examination scores in JEE-Main examination from 2016.

The 2016 JEE Main examination will be conducted in the same format as it has been conducted so far, the ministry declared.

“The government has decided to place the recommendations of the report in the public domain for widespread consultation with the stakeholders. Since this process would take some time, it was decided that the JEE 2016 shall be conducted in the same manner in 2015,” it said.

Besides, a total of 2 lakh candidates will be able to take JEE-Advance in 2016 as the ministry decided to enhance the number of candidates to be selected for the test, conducted for admission to the IITs and ISM.

Till this year, the joint admission board of the IITs selected a total of 1.5 lakh students from the all-India merit list of JEE–Main for taking JEE-Advance.

(With inputs from various sources)

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Deepika Approaches Smriti Irani Against Attack on ‘Padmavati’ Rangoli

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Surat, October 20: Actress Deepika Padukone on Wednesday urged Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to take action against the attackers who ruined artist Karan Ks rangoli depicting a poster of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati” here.

“Absolutely heartbreaking to see the recent attack on artist Karan and his artwork! Disgusting and appalling to say the least,” Deepika tweeted, along with photographs showcasing the before and after of the “attack”.

“Who are these people? Who is responsible for their actions? For how long are we going to let this go on? Allow them to take law into their own hands and attack our freedom and right to individual expression time and again,” questioned the actress, who essays the title role in the historical drama.

Deepika then tagged Irani and wrote: “This has to stop now and action must be taken! Smriti Irani.”

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On October 15, Karan tagged Deepika on the micro-blogging site and wrote: “A crowd of 100 people cried Jai Shri Ram and rubbed out my 48 hours intense work!”

The artist also shared two photographs on social media. In one image, he can be seen making a rangoli inspired by the poster of the film, while the other shows the artwork completely vandalized by attackers.

“Padmavati” also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

In the film, Deepika plays the role of Rajput queen Padmavati, while Shahid will be seen as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji.

During its production, the film witnessed many ups and downs.

Earlier this year, activists of Shri Rajput Karni Sena assaulted Bhansali and vandalized the movie’s Jaipur set over alleged distortions in the film’s script.

They were forced to move to Maharashtra to continue shooting. Still, an outdoor set of the historic period drama in Kolhapur was burnt down after two dozen unidentified people torched it.

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena has maintained it will oppose screening of the film if the facts are “distorted”.

“Padmavati”, presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions, is set for a December 1 release. (IANS)

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