The heads of all the Arts departments at Jadavpur University met the controller of examination officials on Monday, where economics, sociology and Sanskrit departments, which will hold admission tests for the first time, proposed the pattern for their question papers.

A source in the economics department said they wanted to have multiple-choice questions to test the applicants’ mathematical skills. Sociology and Sanskrit are likely to have subjective-type questions. So far, it has been decided that the question papers
of all the nine Arts departments—English, Bengali, Sankrit, comparative literature, economics, history, political science, philosophy and sociology, will be set by the respective department teachers. The proposals will be ratified at the departments’ meeting with the executive council, the university’s highest administrative decision-making body, on Tuesday.

Earlier, four departments—Bengali, history, political science and philosophy—had already pitched for the 50: 50 formula, while sociology, Sanskrit and economics wanted to admit students based on their Plus-II marks only. English and comparative literature had proposed to take in students based on their admission test performance. But the Arts admissions committee held a meeting last Tuesday, when it was decided that 50:50 weightage will be given to the candidates’ entrance test marks and Plus-II scores for their admission to the undergraduate courses in all those departments for the 2019-20 academic session. The meeting, which was chaired by vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, managed to solve a problem that proved intractable last year and cast a shadow on the Arts admissions.

Sources added before the EC meeting on Tuesday, it was important to sort out the nitty-gritty surrounding the admission tests and so, the HoDs met the controller of exams officials a day earlier.


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