A Jadavpur University committee has recommended that the institution conduct its own postgraduate admission test rather than admit students through the proposed state-level common entrance test.
The four-member committee was constituted to help the university take a stand on the common admission test that the state government plans to start from this year. The panel’s recommendation reflects the preference of the boards of studies for science and arts.
The panel submitted its report on Monday to vice-chancellor Shouvik Bhattacharya, who said it would be tabled before the executive council.
The committee cited differences in the undergraduate syllabi of the state universities as the major reason behind its opposition to a common test, said a source.
“We have collated the views of the boards of studies in the report,” chemistry professor Somnath Ghosh, the chairman of the panel, told Metro.
The state government had decided on a common test to fill up nearly 10,000 postgraduate seats in 13 universities on the basis of a recommendation by a 15-member advisory committee to prepare a roadmap for improving the standard of higher education.
The state higher education council, which is working with the higher education department to hold the test in June, announced on Wednesday that the syllabus of the test would soon be uploaded on the department’s website. The state college service commission will conduct the test.
The council has asked universities to give minimum 50 per cent weight to the test, but the boards of studies at Jadavpur University want each department to be allowed to conduct its own test.