Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani 24th November 2014
Minister of Human Resource Development
Hon’ble and respected Madam,
This letter is regarding the outcry of people of India filling up JEE Main 2015 Online Application form. JEE Main examination is conducted by CBSE and is the engineering entrance exam for admission into NITs, IIITs, Centrally Funded Institutions and other Universities and Institutions. Apart from this JEE Main 2015 is also qualifying test for appearing JEE Advanced entrance exam which again test for admission into IITs in India.
Many states have adopted JEE Main 2015 as their state level engineering entrance exam replacing their own engineering tests to take admission into all State level, Govt and private engineering colleges.
The States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Odisha have joined JEE (Main) system. Therefore, the candidates seeking admission to the institutions in these states, which were earlier admitting based on their State Level Examination, are also advised to fill in the JEE (Main) – 2015 application form online. (ref. www.jeemain.nic.in home page)
JEE Main 2015 forms are made available only online mode meaning a student wants to appear for the test (whether Paper 1 or 2) shall have to fill the online application form irrespective of his residential place. People from faraway places from cities and towns need to travel to areas having browsing centres connected with good internet connection. Some people may have to travel upto 200 kilometers to fill a proper online application form. In city areas also those do not have computers at home need to take help of browsing centres to fill up the online application form. This looks like the online application process have not considered the geographic location of the candidates across the country.
Browsing centre personnel in most cases fill the form on behalf of the candidates and do mistakes due to lack of information or candidate’s ignorance. At the end, the application form is filled up either with wrong data or faulty data resulting in lots of future problems/rejection for the candidates. In some cases the online application form can be rectified except few items which are once submitted can never be rectified. In some cases they do not get acknowledgement receipt after submitting the application and it is a big problem for them to go here and there and call many people including JEE Main Helpline.
Another condition is there “Candidates are allowed to submit only one application form. More than one application i.e Multiple applications from a candidate will be rejected.” (page 2 of information bulletin point no.6)
In India usage of Internet has improved in City area and yet to reach village and remote areas. There are many backward areas where students await for writing this career oriented exam, however many of them are dropped in the middle of their application process.
Again, help centres / facilitation centres put by JEE Main authorities are 1 to 5 in a particular state attached to a particular school. For a State like Karnataka only two cities have online facilitation centre. In Jammu and Kashmir only Jammu and Srinagar have one facilitation centre each. In Punjab 5 centres and in Odisha 6 cities have facilitation centre. There are places far away from these places where people have no means to fill up online application form and end up with debarred from writing the exam.
Since online application process, many of them do not take print of “Information Bulletin for JEE Main 2015” issued by JEE Main authority which contains most vital information and conditions regarding JEE main application form. Many of those conditions are technical issues relating to photographs, its size, signature, thumb impression scanning, etc.
If there could be a physical application form appended with Information bulletin candidates and their parents are bound to go through it before filling up the application form.
There are many instances where students and parents who did mistakes in their application form. Many have not received their Admit card during last year JEE Main examination. JEE Main authority must have data of number of people paid for the exam and number of students could not appear the test due to mistakes / cancellation of form.
We humbly request you to consider allowing students fill “physical application form” for JEE Main 2015 examination where students can fill their details and post with demand drafts so as to reach JEE main authority before a particular date.
B. N. Mishra
Director – Entranceindia.com
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