When Maharashtra accepted "One India One Test" a year ago in considering Joint Entrance Exam (main) score for admission in its engineering colleges, it showcased its willingness to support the union government's ambitious plan to abolish multiple exams. However, the state government probably had no idea that it needed to streamline the work of its own agencies first, to get the best results.
The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), the competent authority for admissions in all professional courses including engineering, obtained the marks of XII std science students, from all central and international boards to make the admission process easy. However, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) refused to do so. The reason being that it sought Rs5 per student to share the data with the DTE.
"We were shocked with the MSBSHSE's demand of Rs5 per student for sharing the data, especially since we both are state's agencies and they needed no efforts to share the data with us as the board had already shared the same with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which conducted the JEE (main) at national level," said a DTE official. The demand was trashed down and DTE has now decided to seek the same information from the students through the online application. This will require a document confirmation process for each individual, a tedious step which DTE wished to phased out, on the line of the CBSE, which obtains the same data from each board directly for JEE (main) list.
Another official said, "The demand was absurd as the amount totalled to nearly Rs10 lakh for over 2 lakh candidates. Hence, we decided to go ahead with the old and tedious procedure of document verification of each candidate in person."
While Gagadhar Mhamane, the chairperson of the board didn't respond to calls, secretary KK Patil said, "Our executive council has taken this decision to charge a fee for giving the data and we have to abide by it."