Udupi, Apr 01, 2018: Udupi district has stood second in the State with 90.67 % passes in the Second Pre-University examinations, the results of which were announced on April 30, Monday.
The district narrowly missed the top slot to Dakshina Kannada by 0.82%, which got 91.49%. Udupi district has either topped the State or taken the second place in the II PU results for the last 14 years.
Since there is a high priority to education in the coastal districts, parents, teachers and students wait eagerly for the results of the SSLC and Second PUC examinations.
As Udupi district topped the State last year with 90.01% after occupying the second slot for three years, it was hoped here that it would retain the same position this year. But that was not to be. This despite the fact that the district had improved its pass percentage when compared to the II PU results of 2016-17 by 0.66%.
Vijayalakshmi B. Nayak, Deputy Director of Pre-University Education Department, could not hide her disappointment at the district narrowly losing the top slot to the neighbouring Dakshina Kannada.
Director Nayak told media that the department had begun its preparations for the II PU examinations since the beginning of the academic year. To improve the performance of students in English, English speaking classes were being held in select colleges every Sunday. Students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were given special coaching in all subjects.
Wherever there were no lecturers in colleges as they had gone to do the B.Ed course, guest lecturers were appointed. There was continuous monitoring of the performance of the students by principals and lecturers.
Regular training was held for lecturers of Science subjects. “I visited 105 PU colleges in the last four months in the district to check why results were poor in some of them and to improve their performance,” she said.
Periodic meetings were held with college principals to monitor the progress of PU colleges. “While we did all this for regular students, the performance of external students is normally below par and this affects the pass percentage. And, we have no control over it,” Nayak said.
Eight colleges, including three government colleges, have 100% results: Vidhyodaya PU College, Udupi; Nirmala PU College, Brahmavar; Green Valley PU College, Byndoor; Kukkundur Jnanasudha PU College, Karkala; S R S PU College, Hebri; and Government PU Colleges in Palimaru and Kokkarne. As many as 16,074 students, of whom 7,817 boys and 8,257 girls from 103 PU colleges had answered the examinations.
Four students have shared the fourth rank in Science with 593 marks. Venkatesh Puranik, with 594 (99%), is 2nd in Commerce in the state.
Nisarga (Vidhyodaya PU College, Udupi); Kriti D Shetty (Poorna Prajna College, Udupi); Sathayashree (Venkatramana PU College, Kundapur), have shared the 4th rank in Science.
Nisaraga scored 100 each in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.
The others who have scored above 585 are Vivek Giridhar Pai (590, Science) from R N Shetty PU College, Kundapur, Maithili Pai and Sourabh S Saliyan each 588 from Vidyodhaya PU College, Udupi Vidyashree Kalkura (590, Commerce) from M G M College, Udupi, and Deepthi D Nayak (586, Science) from MGM College.