Presidency University has announced it will admit postgraduate students based on their marks at the undergraduate level and Class XII board exams, ignoring proposals to conduct admission tests.
For some subjects, the university will only consider the candidates’ marks at the undergraduate level.
The university announced the decisions through a notification issued on Thursday.
Over the last two years, Presidency did not conduct any admission test because of Covid and screened candidates based on their marks in the previous exams.
The application form will be available online from September 1 to 15 at http://presiuniv.ac.in/.
The provisional merit list will be published on September 16.
The departments that will screen students based on their undergraduate and Class XII board marks are history, political science, sociology, philosophy, performing arts, chemistry, geography, life sciences, physics, mathematics, statistics, biotechnology, molecular microbiology, virology and immunology and astrophysics.
Only Bengali, English, applied economics and applied geology — will admit students solely based on their undergraduate marks.
“A number of departments are considering the marks of the Class XII board exams to create multiple layers of screening in the absence of admission tests,” said the official.
Presidency had last month announced it would admit undergraduate students based on their Plus-II board marks, ignoring a proposal from the Presidency Alumni Association to revive admission tests at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
“Now that students have returned to the campus and physical examinations have resumed, the association strongly feels that admission tests for selection of students to Presidency University at the undergraduate and postgraduate level should be reinstated in all departments through JEE board like in pre-pandemic years,” the association had written to education minister Bratya Basu, an alumnus of the erstwhile Presidency College.
A copy of the letter was sent to Presidency VC Anuradha Lohia. The Telegraph sought to know from Arabinda Nayek, the nodal officer of the university’s admission process, why the tests could not be revived despite a sharp decline in cases.
He did not respond to calls and text messages. The three colleges under Ramakrishna Mission have resumed admission tests at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.