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Presidency University students want entry tests back

The education department has already resolved to keep the institution outside the ambit of a centralised online admission mechanism

Subhankar Chowdhury | Published 08.06.22, 06:46 AM
A banner put up by students at Presidency University demanding reintroduction of admission tests

A banner put up by students at Presidency University demanding reintroduction of admission tests

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Presidency University has yet to decide whether it would admit undergraduate aspirants through admission tests or on the basis of Plus-II marks, officials of the institution said.

The education department has already resolved to keep the institution outside the ambit of a centralised online admission mechanism.

The university has not yet approached the state joint entrance examination (JEE) board that has been conducting entrance tests on its behalf since 2015, a board official said.

The university is yet to hold a meeting of its admissions committee.

Students have started an indefinite agitation on the campus seeking reintroduction of admission tests.

A group of students, owing allegiance to the Independents Consolidation (IC), started an indefinite sit-in under the portico demanding reintroduction of admission tests on Monday night.

The Presidency University Students’ Union, run by the SFI, started a sit-in under the portico on Tuesday afternoon.

A teacher of Presidency University said that at a time when Jadavpur University and Rabindra Bharati University — the two other unitary universities that have been kept outside the ambit of the centralised online admissions — are going ahead with preparations for holding admission tests, Presidency has remained quiet.

The departments at JU are holding meetings on admitting students giving equal weightage to admission test scores and plus-II marks. The dates of the tests will be announced soon, a JU official said.

Preparations are afoot at Rabindra Bharati for admitting students through entrance tests at the fine arts and visual arts departments.

“Admission tests bring out the potential of an aspirant to study the programme. It also gives a level playing field to all applicants. I am not aware of the Presidency University authorities taking any steps to resume admission tests,” Gandhi Kumar Kar, a professor of chemistry at Presidency told Metro.

During a meeting of vice chancellors of all state universities last week, Presidency vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia had told JEE board chairman Malayendu Saha that the board, following an agreement signed with the university in 2015, was bound to hold the admission tests on its behalf.

“The board chairman argued that last year they had resolved that the board would not conduct any tests on behalf of any state university unless asked by the state government,” the official said.

Calls and messages to VC Lohia on Tuesday went unanswered. The board chairman could not be contacted as his phone remained switched off through out the day.

Last updated on 08.06.22, 06:46 AM
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