4-Jun-2015 : MUMBAI: The cut-off score for JEE (Advanced) has been released and like the previous years, it has been declared at 35% or 177 for the common merit list. The minimum aggregate score for the other backward category candidates is 159. Last year, the cut-off for common merit list (CML) was 152.

For the general category students, the minimum percentage of marks in each subject is 10; it is 9 for OBC students and 5 for SC/ST candidates.

Only those students who score the minimum required marks for both?aggregate cut-off list and subject wise cut-off?will make it to the rank list. Candidates who get higher aggregate ranks will be awarded the higher rank. The cut-offs are up on

The ORS images and scanned copies for JEE Advanced 2015 have been published online. Students can view their response sheets up till June 6 (5pm). If there are discrepancies in the candidates response sheet, they can inform the authorities about the same till June 6.

In case of a tie, candidate with higher aggregate marks will be assigned a higher rank. If two candidates have the same aggregate marks, then the candidate with higher marks in math will be assigned a higher rank.


3-Jun-2015 : PANAJI: Agro-tourism, agriculture education in schools and adoption of villages for all-round development will be the way to go as per the new plan laid out by the agriculture department.

Two agro-tourism spots on the government farms of Codar in Ponda and Kalay in Sanguem have been identified for the development of camping sites with overviews of agriculture in Goa.

Local schools will also be encouraged to utilize the service for schools and centres of excellence will be established in these locations. While floriculture will be adopted at the Kalay farm, the Codar farm will have olericulture.

Speaking to mediapersons on Monday, agriculture minister Ramesh Tawadkar said Agro-tourism can also be used as a model that each farmer can adopt on their own land and gain additional income.

The department will further make attempts to encourage youngsters to take up careers in farming. An area between 0.5 to 1 acre will be reserved on all government farms for the same.

This year, the department has selected 33 new villages as part of its adoption of villages for its all-round development programme.

Speaking on the provision of financial assistance to these farmers, he said, Each of these selected villages is linked with a bank for financial requirements. Any farmer in Goa in need of monetary help can therefore apply to us.

These villages are in Tiswadi, Bardez, Pernem, Bicholim, Valpoi, Sakhali, Ponda, Sanguem, Dharbandora, Margao, Quepem and Canacona.

The government will additionally provide an assistance of 80,000 per hectare in the form of input seed, fertilizer, manure, pesticide, water pump, pipelines, sprinklers, drip etc to farmers. The minimum area required for the same is 500 sqm and maximum is five hectares.

Revitalization of khazan lands, hybrid coconut cultivation, vegetable cultivation by individual farmers, spice plantation etc were also discussed at the press conference.


28-May-2015 : Students can check their results by logging on to either of the Board's official websites, and, any time after 11 a.m.

After delaying the Class X results for a day the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to announce the results on Thursday.

Though the Board has not given any official time for the announcement, students can expect the result any time after 11 a.m. Students can check their results by logging on to either of the Board's official websites: and

Candidates who want to access their results will have to enter their roll number in either of the above mentioned websites. Once the results appear on the screen, students can take a print out or save a copy for further use.



28-May-2015 : Admissions to classes 1 to 10 of Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind, being run by Seva Bharathi, have started. Classes for the new academic year would start from June 1. Children with complete blindness and low vision are eligible to apply. Entire education, boarding and lodging is provided free of cost, with separate accommodation available for boys and girls. Children would also be taught Braille and computers, said Seva Bharathi Trustee P. Vinod Shenoy. For details, contact the school, 3rd Cross, Kotekani, Kapikad, Bejai Post, Mangaluru 575004, phone: 0824 2458552.

Training for the blind

Roman & Catherine Lobo School for the Blind, run by Seva Bharathi, in association with Vision Aid America, is offering a 40-Sunday training to people with blindness and low vision (both men and women) in mobility, Braille basics, computer basics and others from June 1. The classes would be held between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free food would be provided during the class. After successful training, participants would be issued certificates by Vision Aid America. For details, call Trustee P. Vinod Shenoy on 9880543918, or the school on 0824 2458552.

Takes charge

Giridhar Salian, Principal and deputy director, Government Polytechnic, Kadri, has taken additional charge as the Director of Karnataka German Multi Skill Development Centre, Mangaluru. The centre, functioning out of the polytechnic premises, is a joint venture of the State and Union governments and is established under the Karnataka Societies Act, said a release.

Consultative meeting of youth groups

Forum for Justice, Mangaluru, has organised a consultative meeting of organisations of youths and apolitical organisations with regard to evolving a society free of corruption, hunger and exploitation, at 4.30 p.m. on May 30 at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pandeshwar. Forum working president Dayanath Kotian in a release here said eminent medical doctor Srinivasa Kakkillaya would guide the meeting while N. Sridhar Shetty, Director of postgraduate centre, A.B. Shetty Institute of Dental Sciences, would preside over the meeting.


27-May-2015 : MUMBAI: Private schools in the Chennai region, of which Maharashtra is a part, registered an increase the success rate in the CBSE class XII exams with the pass percentage increasing from 34.7% in 2014 to 38.4% in 2015. On the other hand, even as government schools and Kendriya Vidyalayas continued to have a high pass percentage, they saw a dip as compared to last year.

In 2014, the government schools in the region registered a pass percentage of 71.7 which dropped to 64.6 in 2015. Similarly, the success rate at Kendriya Vidyalayas dropped from 98.3% to 95.7%.

While several city schools saw a dip in high scores, there was plenty to cheer. I referred to the CBSE prescribed text books and teachers' notes and compiled my own notes. I did not attend any coaching classes as I believe they take away from the time that should be dedicated for self-studying. I gave more time and importance to economics, one of my weaker subjects, said Shaesta Mallick from Navy Children's School, Colaba, who scored 96.6% in the humanities stream.

Science students have turned back their focus to preparing for the competitive examinations. I didn't really study for the boards, since I was simultaneously preparing for the IIT-JEE, which was sufficient. I studied for minimum four hours a day and paid special attention to understanding the basic concepts well, said Soham Ray, student of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri, who scored 97.8% in the science stream.

Featuring on the merit list of students with special needs, Alrice Alva from Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, secured 94.1% in the science stream. Alrice studied with help from coaching classes and wishes to pursue BSc or engineering.

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