The higher education department will ask universities to take into account graduation scores while admitting students to postgraduate courses from next year.
The universities have already accepted the department’s recommendation that students be admitted to master’s courses on the basis of their performance in the common entrance test, scheduled to start next year, and the screening exam conducted by each institute.
The new recommendation is also likely to be accepted since the universities themselves had suggested the step, said an official.
“There is a possibility that students might neglect the graduation course if their marks or percentile in the exams at that level are not given weightage for postgraduate admission. The universities will have a free hand in deciding how much weightage they want to attach to performance in graduation exams,” said Abhijit Chakrabarty, vice-chairman, higher education council.
The council, an advisory body of the department and higher education institutes, recommended that graduation scores be considered during postgraduate admissions following a meeting on Tuesday. The department endorsed the recommendation.
“In October, we will recommend the weightage the universities should attach to each score. For example, a university might give 70 per cent weightage to the common entrance test, 20 per cent to its own test and 10 per cent to the graduation exams,” said the department official.
At the meeting, members of the council also drew up a tentative common academic calendar along with registrars and controllers of examination.
According to the common academic calendar, the universities will have to hold final-year graduation exams between March 15 and May 15 from next year so that the entrance test can be held by early-June, said Chakrabarty.
“The syllabus for the common entrance test will be uploaded on the department’s website by next January,” said a council official.
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