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Eyes now on Higher Secondary Exam to Decide on Criteria for College Admission | College Admission
[Published on: 03.06.2021]

Eyes now on Higher Secondary exam to decide on criteria

  • Universities have started contemplating if tests should be reintroduced for admission to undergraduate courses after the CBSE and ISC cancelled Class XII examinations, a benchmark used by many universities and colleges to admit students.
  • State government had last week said it would hold the HS examinations in the end of July but a final decision is awaited. It will actually determine how universities and colleges modify their admission process.
  • Holding admission tests will not be in the time of the pandemic as Jadavpur University and some other colleges could not hold them last year. Class XII results are the only criterion for us to determine the merit of students. Now with the two boards cancelling the examinations, we do not know what will be criteria of evaluation. Once that becomes clear, we will modify our admission process, said the principal of a south Kolkata college.
  • Last year, admissions to UG courses began in the first week of August and stretched till January this year as colleges and universities struggled to fill up the seats. The higher education department had to extend the admission multiple times so that maximum seats are taken in colleges and universities.
  • There are some colleges, like JD Birla Institute, which might start receiving applications by the end of this month or early next month. It will start the admissions by the end of June or first week of July. St Xaviers College, too, started receiving applications in July last year.
  • Last year, in Jadavpur University, entrance tests could not be held due to the pandemic. Also, the possibility of holding online admission tests were ruled since many applicants would not have had access to high-speed internet. But in 2019, arts faculty had opted for admission tests in all subjects and also awarded some weightage to the plus-two scores. This formula is likely to be reintroduced as the admission begins in July. But the science faculty needs to decide their criteria for admission as they have not yet held entrance tests in the UG level, said a teacher of the arts faculty. A final decision will be taken by the executive council of JU.
  • Presidency University is already scheduled to hold admission tests to the UG courses that will be conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Board in. PUBDET is to be held in August. Till now, the plan holds, informed a source in the WBJEE. He pointed out that there maybe alterations in the weightage set to assess the applications from their Board examination marks. A call will have to be taken by the university, the Board source said.
  • Calcutta University, has, however adopted a wait-andwatch policy. The decision regarding admissions will be taken in the Syndicate meeting, said a CU official.

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