Jadavpur University’s executive council, the highest administrative decision-making body at the institute, ratified the proposals of both the arts and science admission committees for 2019-20 academic session. It has been decided that to admit students to the undergraduate courses in all nine arts subjects, students will be chosen based on 50:50 weightage of their Plus-II marks and their admission test scores. In science faculty, all the five undergraduate departments will grant admissions based on only Plus-II marks.

On May 21, a meeting with arts admission committee, chaired by vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, saw several rounds of debate on the entrance methods that different departments wanted to follow but finally, the 50:50 decision was reached, ruling out a repeat of last-year’s impasse that cast a shadow on the admission process at JU. Four arts departments— Bengali, philosophy, history and political science—that had pitched for the 50: 50 formula were given the go-ahead. Sociology, Sanskrit and economics had proposed to admit students based on their P-II scores only, while English and comparative literature had
wanted to take in students based on their performance in the admission tests. But all these five departments were refused their proposals and were told to use the 50:50 formula.

Some students seemed unhappy with the equal-weightage decision, even as they pointing out that this blanket formula curbed individual department’s rights to the final say in their respective selection process. The students held a general body meeting.

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