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ScoopLense wishes students who have appeared at the IPE 2016 first and second year the required luck to sail through in the next league, graduation and research/entrepreneurship. While it’s commendable that the conduct of IPE has so far been good and decent on occasions – issue of hall tickets and pass percentages have always seen rise ever since Chandrababu Naidu made it compulsory to announce results well in advance so as to relieve parents and students from anxiety syndromes. The decency here implies to setting of question papers, with an emergency set of question papers kept in abeyance of normal machinery, with a sense to ignite passion amongst student community to reinvent themselves, which is only possible if the questions in examination papers stimulate strength of intelligence rather than maintain routine chores of securing marks with no benefit other than setting up for an All India examination like JEE of IITs.
It is in the best interests of student community that we, at ScoopLense, have primarily conducted a survey with small sample size. The letter therefore is anything but criticism of existing structure.
We would like to have your kind attention and empathy on to the following details.
With due respect to the Board of Intermediate Education, B.I.E, AP, Hyderabad, which has successfully conducted examinations across Andhra Pradesh and erstwhile Telangana region, from and on behalf of student fraternity and intelligentsia, we would like to present before you the matter of concern regarding conduct of practical examination for the first and the second year intermediate students.
The procedure for intermediate examination, especially practical examination, mandatorily stipulates students appearing at the practical examinations to conduct and demonstrate experimental observations in only those colleges where they have prepared for theory and performed practical preparatory tests and submitted observational record books. These admitting institutes are also said to be the sole medium of communication between BIE and student. As we all are aware of the fact that theory examinations, known as IPE, started jumbling process in order to minimize mal practice and prevent mass copying almost a decade ago, with a prior notification of intention of government policy to the admitting institutes through public means of communication well in advance, the change has appeared to serve its purpose quite significantly.
But the latest G.O. issued in February 2016 regarding preventing mass scale duplication of practical observations and mass copying, just when the students were about to fine tune their practical observations and submit record books, had made students stranded. Many of the students had acquainted themselves with laboratory structure and observational environment of the very colleges they had prepared for theory and conducted practical observations. The very fact that science group students – to whom Physics and Chemistry would go along major part of their under graduation and graduation – may not have belonged to the intellectual echelons of James Clerk Maxwell, Oliver Heaviside who attributed most of his astounding Mathematical prowess to the former, Lorentz, or even Darwin, is something that we request the board to consider and officially communicate to the students and faculty members to avoid last minute mental conditioning and preparation.
The second appeal, which relates to the practical examinations for intermediate first year students, is something on which the board need to press for a progressive action. Ethics and human values and environmental education have become buzzwords these days that rarely get the treatment they deserve. Although the practical imperfections exist in many lessons students learn, or as a matter of fact we as humans try to understand for evolution, it rests on our part to arrive at logical conclusion to motivate students comprehend rather than rote memorize. Majority of topics covered under ethics and environment, it came to light from unspecified quarters, have become tools for some college managements to force students copy and reproduce without getting to know nitty-gritty. Most of the hapless students may not like the beautiful lessons be dutifully copied but that’s what they are forced to do against self-discretion. We request, therefore, to kindly look into the matter and value-add the same lessons of ethics and human values and environmental education in parts of detailed and non-detailed sections of regular theory papers of English and Sanskrit.
And the third appeal, regarding despatch of sealed question papers to students around 9 IST, is in defending rights of students who are eager to have a look at the question paper which they assume to have been kept in secrecy. The papers in some parts have been found to be broken seals before due start time, and therefore have opened a doubtful debate on the supposed secrecy of questions, especially the two markers. We request BIE to preserve the question paper seals till the due start time and direct the invigilators and office managements to break the seals before students only in the examination hall, just on the lines of UPSC Civil Services and IIT JEE.