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Govt signals go-ahead in PG entrance test

The higher education council on Monday posted on its website the probable schedule of the common entrance test for postgraduate courses and the screening parameters, a clear hint that protests against such an exam would not force a re-think.

The council announced that the test for master’s courses at all state universities would be held by June 15 and the results are likely to be published on June 25.

Students will be selected on the basis of their performance in the common entrance test, undergraduate examinations and oral or written test to be conducted by the department concerned.

Falguni Mukherjee, the joint secretary of the council, said: “The common entrance test score would get at least 50 per cent weightage, undergraduate marks at least 40 per cent weightage and the performance of the oral/written test to be conducted by department concerned at the most 10 per cent.”

Education minister Bratya Basu told Metro on Monday that a notification would soon be issued announcing the introduction of the test from the 2013-14 academic year. When asked about the opposition to a common test from students and teachers of Jadavpur University, the minister said: “I am hearing it from you.”

At JU, students had gheraoed vice-chancellor Souvik Bhattacharyya last Wednesday to oppose the introduction of the common entrance test on the grounds of syllabus mismatch at the undergraduate level.

On Monday, Bhattacharyya attended an “open session” with around 500 students who demanded that the authorities convey to the government their objection to the test.

“The university must tell the government that the test was against the interest of the students,” said Chandak Chatterjee, a spokesperson for the arts faculty students union.