Only 19 out of 49,269 HSC medical stream students from Gujarat clear the engineering entrance exams after getting a second chance to attend it. In fact only 0.37 per cent of students took the examinations out of total qualified students. This amounts to 187 candidates.
This has disappointed the Gujarat Education Department badly as they had paved way for a dual opportunity for students and engineering colleges through this second chance.
The plan was that while a considerable number of students who had passed class 12 in March 2016 would clear the Maths exam and can also opt for the engineering colleges. This would also help fill in vacant seats of private engineering colleges. But little did they anticipate a mega failure of the supposedly beneficial plan.
After the scraping out of the semester system in June this year, the state government made an announcement in August that this year for all those students who had cleared Class XII medical stream in March 2016 can opt for engineering colleges as well after clearing mathematics examinations of both Class XI and XII to be conducted on August 28 and 29.
Although the prime motive of this decision was for the welfare of the students, subtly, it also aimed at rescuing self-financed engineering colleges where thousands of seats go vacant every year.
Still, proper planning was lacking as the the department's rate of success of previous schemes too turned out to be a failure.
The students were given two-months time to prepare. But out of a total 49,269 medical stream students who were qualified for the mathematics examination, only 290 registered for the special exam. Out of these, more than 100 did not appear for it as only 187 took the examinations.
"This result was unexpected as all these students were brilliant and meritorious. The board had not expected such a poor response of this opportunity," said a senior GSHSEB official.
When asked for the possible reasons, GSHSEB deputy director R R Thakkar said, "This scheme was for the benefit of students as we all know that medical stream students are left with very limited options if they are not able to make it to medical colleges. The Board has not been able to analyse the reasons for this result. Also, we do not have a data of how many appeared and got through engineering institutes."