Friday, June 6, 2008

LOL

This happened a week ago. My brother did his 10th standard this year. after the results came out, a decent 93% seemed goo denough for him to change his school. Like many others he wants to go to the famous (or infamous) DPS RK Puram. This time around the school has started online registrations wherein you fill your basic details (basically, all parental details) alongwith your board marks and roll no. Its nothing big, right? Wrong. He filled everything, as asked. After the section of board marks was a column for 'aggregate of five subjects'. This was supposed to be a self generating field, but it continued to show 0. Well, he thought, maybe, it was evaluated upon submission. So, he submitted the form, double checking the entries, and noted down the registration number generated.
Next day my uncle came over and asked my dad to check the confirmation mail from RKP. (his daughter too has done her 10th, and had applied for rkp). My dad got a surprise when he checked the email(not a pleasant one though). The board score was displayed as '0', all the other details being correct. The same had happened with my cousin too. As it turns out, they had filled their marks as '095', '093' etc. to make them standard three digit numbers. The computer had considered them as '0's as the entries filled in by these inteeligent kids started with 0. The mistake was brought to the notice of the school authorities by many and ,hopefully will be rectified by them. Meanwhile, they have agreed to go through the list(manually) and I have learnt a few lessons. One, even if the instituion is great, they still make mistakes. Two, being smart doesn't always help, as others around you might be dumb. Three, always provide your email address for confirmation (I have skipped this a few times earlier), at least you can be sure that the crucial details are correct. Fourth and the most important one, technology is no substitute for man.

7 comments:

Kartiek Agarwal said...

Well, to be honest, your brother can't be called dumb since he wouldn't know programming language basics. But, all programming languages, and scripts take a numebr starting with a zero as an octal number. But I still don't know why the score was dsplayed as zero. In any case, best of luck for your brother.

smilingassassin said...

it simply proves the fact that man is still one step ahead of machines and will always be! :)

Poison said...

well, our school website DOES suck and malfunction a lot.

Yottabyte said...

Yeah. Even though they update it every single year... or two... or three...

sirtifyd jeeniuses said...

some good INSITITUTES may have some minor glitches!!!

NAL'I'n'I' said...

@ashwin: totally agree with u :)

@poison: having passed out of rkp myself, it was sad to see this happening. guess all the talking is not converted to work after all

@guru: that was the lolest thing ever. the new cards have INSTITUTES (thankfully)!

btw all three managed to get into rkp

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