Acting on public interest litigation (PIL), a division bench of the high court, comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala, gave this order.

The PIL alleged the present system adopted by Gujarat education department is disadvantageous to students of the Gujarat Board.

The court has ordered that the state should give admission to engineering courses as per their earlier order given in July 2013. The court's earlier order said the candidate should be given admission on 60:40 ratio.

"The merit list shall be prepared after adding 60 percent weightage of percentile marks obtained in the theory subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) of the board exam of candidates with 40 per cent weightage of the percentile marks obtained in the Joint Entrance Exam (Main) 2014," the High Court said.

"Total marks obtained by a candidate will be 'A+B', where 'A' is held as the percentage of actual marks obtained by a candidate in his board exam, to be multiplied by a percentile given by that board, irrespective of the fact whether they have registered in the process of selection or not," the High Court said, while giving the formula for admission to engineering courses.
The High Court said "B is percentage of marks obtained in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) which is to be multiplied by the percentile in the JEE".

Percentile marks means the percentile score obtained by the candidate after normalizing marks obtained by him in the board exam with respect to the marks from other boards.

The High Court acted upon the petition filed by a city-based lawyer Vinod Pandya who has stated that due to the discrepencies in the method of calculating percentile, the state board students would be at a disadvantage as the pass- out from boards with larger number of students would benefit.
Pandya also sought implementation of the normalization method as laid down by the High Court last year and submitted "there are some 65,000 students from the Gujarat Board, whereas Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Board students would be around 7 lakh. The percentile will be high where number of students is more".

The High Court has set the method for calculation of merit marks and the resulting merit list for the academic year 2014-15.
Gujarat government has made some unilateral changes this time to the admission system by deriving board-wise percentile without adopting the process of normalization and an attempt was made to prepare a combined merit list.

Adopting the above criteria would be gross injustice to students of smaller boards like the Gujarat Board, the High Court said.


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