Many parents of HSc students in Gujarat have demanded the state government to postpone the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) to 2014.They protested against the state’s decision to do away with GUJCET (Gujarat Common Entrance Test) for entry to pharmacy and engineering courses.Parents expressed that the present batch of HSc students is not left with ample time to prepare for JEE which will be held by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education).

The state announced about implementation of JEE when the students have almost completed their third semester. The HSc board exams will begin on March 25 2013 while JEE will be conducted on April 7, 2013. The state educational department also declared that equal weightage to HSc final score in science and the marks obtained in JEE.

Both the exams will carry equal weightage of 50% while preparing the final merit list based on which admissions will be given to engineering and pharmacy courses.The current structure of JEE will be more advantageous to CBSE students who will get ample time to prepare for the exam as CBSE Class XII board exams will finish in February.

Further JEE Main will be held in local languages while JEE Advanced will be conducted only in Hindi and English languages.

The parents added that if the exam is introduced in 2014, students will get sufficient time for preparation as the coaching centers are also not preparing for JEE. They have decided to submit memorandums to district collector, chief minister and education officer and if they do not listen, they will move the court.

Source: Times of India