Today being the first day of AIEEE online exam, students face great difficulties in attending the same. As Chandigarh was selected among the 22 cities across the country to offer online centers for the AIEEE this year, no centre was set up in the city.
As many as 500 students from the region appeared in the online exam today and they needed to travel to the outskirts of the city as the centers were set up in Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) and Sachdeva’s Guru Gobind Singh College at Gharuan in Kharar.
Going by the technical set-up recommended by the CBSE, an average of 450 students were to be accommodated in one centre, requiring the same number of computers. Asked why no centre was set up in the city, CBSE Regional Director RJ Khanderao, said, “Ahead of selecting the centers, we had conducted an audit, looking for the appropriate infrastructure. However, it was found that the institutions in Chandigarh lacked the necessary infrastructure which includes over 500 computers and a power back-up mechanism. Besides, the technical arrangements had been outsourced to a private firm and they have a role in selecting the appropriate centers.”
CGC (Gharuan) Director Karminder Ghuman said, “We were approached by a private company which has designed the software for CBSE to conduct the online (LAN-based) exam. They found out infrastructure suitable and supportive for withstanding the power load. Besides, we have offered seating capacity (with computers) for over 1,000 students.”
The situation remained the same during the offline examination conducted on April 29. In the absence of any centre, city students had to move to centers located in neighboring states. CBSE officials claimed that most students had opted for the online mode and hence Chandigarh had to provide only online centers.
The exam will be conducted online on May 12, 19 and 26 across 22 cities of the country. The online centers for Chandigarh students will remain in the outskirts only, confirmed Khanderao and the results will be declared by June 15.