Partha prod to alter JU entry

Jadavpur University should admit students on the basis of marks obtained in board exams instead of having admission tests for some subjects and following a separate entry policy for others, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday.

By Our Bureau in Jadavpur
  • Published 22.11.17
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Partha Chatterjee

Jadavpur: Jadavpur University should admit students on the basis of marks obtained in board exams instead of having admission tests for some subjects and following a separate entry policy for others, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday.

His "advice" came a day before JU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das is likely to meet him in the Assembly to discuss vacancy of seats in certain courses.

JU conducts admission tests for undergraduate seats in the English, comparative literature and international relations departments. Students are admitted entirely on the basis of their performance in these tests.

In other subjects, admission is based on marks obtained in the board exams. For BTech, entry is on the basis of rank in the state joint entrance examination.

Responding to a reporter's query on JU's admission policy, Chatterjee said: "I'm iterating: the university would have to admit students based on marks only."

A JU professor said the minister's iteration "smacked of his interventionist approach" on universities.

"The state government gives funds to the universities, so the government can interfere in the affairs of the university," minister Chatterjee has said time and again, striking at the root of the concept of autonomy every university should enjoy.

The JU professor said universities should have the right to admit students the way it wants. "The government should not complain as long as the process is fair and encourages a merit-based system."

Suranjan Das

"Each department of the university can have its own set of rules. The university can follow a combination of practices that include admission test and marks system for admissions," he added.

In American universities, every department has its own admission policy and they compete with each other to pick the best students.

Asked if he would pay heed to the minister's suggestion, VC Das said: "I have not received any call from him. If the minister makes any suggestion, I will place it before the relevant bodies for examination and consideration."

At JU, the faculty councils take decision on admission norms.

The mode of admission is an academic subject where even the provider of funds should not be allowed to intervene, teachers across universities told Metro on Tuesday.

The government has sniffed a chance to interfere in academic affairs because like in Presidency - though not to that extent - some seats are vacant.