A New practice is going to be followed by the Jadhavpur University for the admissions to the Undergraduate English and comparative literature courses. The students are informed that the University has made some big changes in the admission criteria. Jadhavpur University has discarded the practice of taking admission of the students in the courses solely on the basis of the marks scored by the students in the entrance exam.

According to the new practice, the students will also be judged on the basis of the marks scored by the students in the board exams also. The ratio of the marks will be 50:50. This means that now 50% weightage will be given to the Board exams.

Earlier, speculations were that for the Humanities admission the students will be judged completely on the basis of the marks scored by the students in the board exams. The decision has been made after the Education minister Partha Chatterjee suggested to take admission completely on the basis of the marks scored by the students in the board exams.

If we look at the past, the system had replaced the classic system of admitting students solely on the basis of the marks scored by the students in the board exams. The Jadavpur University BA admission previously saw some changes too. The previous year, the Bengali department had taken the admission on the basis of the marks in the board exams. However, the criteria again restored to the 50:50 criteria this year. Similarly, the political Science and philosophy departments of the Jadhavpur University have also been taking admission on the basis of the 50:50.

One teacher said that the student’s eligibility can be checked on the basis of the Entrance Exam only. He was also asked if he thinks that the idea of taking admission on the basis of the 50:50 will dilute the objective but he declined to comment on it.

The state advocate general’s opinion was also taken regarding the same. A section of teachers was furious to ask if the University that is ranked 6th Nationally is not capable of deciding what is right. It was asked from the Vice-chancellor Das that why there was a need to seek the Legal opinion. In his answer, he said that the decision was taken by the highest decision-making body, the Executive Counsil and they just wanted a legal opinion on what tests can be conducted. In the answer, the Advocate-General has said that the University can keep conducting the Entrance Exams.

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