Presidency University to bring down cut-off marks
Kolkata: Presidency University may bring down its cut-off marks in various subjects for admitting students from the next academic year. "We will review the situation and if needed, may bring down the cut-off marks for admission," Vice-Chancellor of the University Anuradha Lohia said on Thursday.
Lohia had met Additional Chief Secretary of Higher Education R S Shukla on Wednesday where she was asked to ensure that so many seats in the premier university do not go vacant. It is learnt that she had assured higher education department officials that implementation of the de-reservation system from the next academic session will be done to tackle the issue of vacant seats. "It is our duty to see that the seats for admission are filled up. I will speak to our senior teachers and other concerned officials and review the cut-off marks for admission from the next academic year," Lohia said.
The Vice-Chancellor also handed over the list of details of vacancies and de-reservation. According to sources in Presidency University, the problem had arisen over the de-reservation system that could not be implemented in the varsity. As a result, several seats have remained vacant, mostly in the reserved category.
The state Education department has decided to conduct an audit of the government funds spent by Presidency University in the wake of a number of vacant seats. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee who had expressed his dissatisfaction over vacant seats at the varisty held a meeting with the alumni association last Saturday. The association had alleged that the university is nonplussed even after so many seats in the university is lying vacant.