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HS & entry test marks hold key for admission in Arts at JU

Kolkata: The Executive Committee (EC) of Jadavpur University on Tuesday finalised the modalities of post graduate admission in Arts and Science. Admission in all Arts subjects will be based on 50:50 formula —50 percent weightage on marks secured by a candidate in higher secondary or equivalent examination and the rest on the basis of marks secured in the admission test conducted by JU.

The admission in all science subjects will be on the basis of marks in higher secondary or equivalent examination.

The university is expected to upload forms for admission in Arts and Science by May 30. Departments of Bengali, International Relations, Phliosophy, History, Library Science, Sociology and Sanskrit had agreed much earlier with the recommendation of a two-member committee formed by JU that gave equal weightage to admission test marks and marks in higher secondary or equivalent examination.

English and Comparative Literature were the two departments that had differed and claimed that admission will be only on the basis of marks secured in the admission test. The executive council meeting of the varsity on April 22 failed to resolve the issue and sent the matter back to the admission committee for reconsideration. The difference in opinion was settled at the meeting of the Arts admission committee on May 21.

The meeting of science admission committee was held last week and the two departments mathematics and physics, which wanted to hold admission test for undergraduate admission agreed to admission on the basis of marks in HS.

"The EC has agreed that all Arts departments will follow the 50: 50 formula and the science departments will admit students only on the basis of marks," said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, dean of Engineering faculty.

Last year after allegations of improper evaluation of answer-scripts in history cropped up, the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation.

Following this the university formed a two-member committee to conduct a probe in the issue that gave its recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das.

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