JU meeting on admission

The council will debate whether to approve the domicile quota of 90 per cent for the engineering departments or settle for a lower number

By Subhankar Chowdhury in Calcutta
  • Published 11.03.19, 2:02 PM
  • Updated 11.03.19, 2:02 PM
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The executive council of Jadavpur University has called for reservation of 90 per cent of the undergraduate seats in the general category in all engineering departments for students who have passed their plus-II exams in Bengal. The Telegraph picture

The executive council of Jadavpur University will meet on March 18 to decide on the admission modalities of the humanities and engineering departments.

The council, the university’s highest decision-making body, will debate on whether a domicile policy recommended by the faculty council for engineering and technology for undergraduate seats would be implemented.

The council has called for reservation of 90 per cent of the undergraduate seats in the general category in all engineering departments for students who have passed their plus-II exams in Bengal.

The executive council will also decide the details of the admission procedure for humanities. A report submitted by a committee of external experts had pointed out anomalies in the way admissions were conducted in the history department last year.

The committee has recommended equal weightage to the admission test scores and plus-II board marks for admission to English, Bengali, political science, comparative literature and philosophy courses, said a member of the council.

“This system was followed for admission to all six arts subjects last year. The committee did not find any fault with the system in five subjects. Discrepancies were found in the admission procedure for history. The committee has suggested ways to plug the loopholes,” the council member said.

Fifty-five students who scored 90 per cent or more in the plus-II exams had been awarded 10 or less out of 100 in the admission test for history last year. Fifteen new names figured among the first 70 on the merit list after a re-assessment.

The committee comprising Asutosh Ghosh, former vice-chancellor of Calcutta University, and a retired judge of Calcutta High Court, submitted its report earlier this month to the vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University, Suranjan Das.

A JU professor said last year’s admission procedure was likely to be replicated as no anomalies had been found in five of the six departments.

The council will debate whether to approve the domicile quota of 90 per cent for the engineering departments or settle for a lower number.

The faculty council’s rationale for reservation was that an increasing number of students from outside Bengal were taking up engineering seats in the university.