Presidency University is all set to reserve half its postgraduate seats for its own undergraduate students. "There will be cut-off for Presidency University undergraduate students. Only those who meet the yardstick will be given direct admissions.
Humanities students with a minimum 50% in aggregate and students from the science stream scoring minimum 55% will be granted direct admissions in PG courses," said a senior teacher of Presidency University.
The remaining seats will be filled through tests for external candidates and those Presidency UG students who fail to meet the cut-off for direct admission. "Students will have to appear in a test to find a place in the postgraduation courses. Admission tests will be held for every subject," added the teacher.
The varsity will introduce postgraduation courses in all 17 UG subjects apart from three more inter-disciplinary courses - Environment Science, Molecular Biology & genetics and Bio-Technology.
"Till last year, there was no possibility of introducing reservation for Presidency students. We were still under the aegis of Calcutta University. Hence, PG students were admitted only on merit. This year, we have received the university status. Hence, we thought of introducing reservation for our studentsThey have brilliant academic results. Moreover, we have already mentioned a cut-off for the students of our university which they will have to meet to find a seat in the PG courses," said the university's registrar, Pradeep Sengupta.
"About 500 seats will be available in the 20 PG courses. External candidates, too, will be required to meet the cut-off - 50% for humanities and 55% for science - to appear for admission tests," he said.
A meeting of the varsity's heads of department on Monday also decided to put the application system online. "The students can download forms and submit them online. Forms will be available between July 29 and August 2. PG classes will begin from September 1," Sengupta said.