Criteria for admissions to PG courses revised

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Jammu, April 16: The universities of Kashmir and Jammu have revised the criteria for admissions to the Post Graduate courses by swapping weightage of the scores of the Entrance Test and that of academic merit.
As per the revised criterion, the weightage of academic score has been raised from 30 points to 70 points and that of entrance test lowered from 70 to 30 points, sources said.
As per earlier criteria, the full scores for entrance test would fetch 70 points, the academic marks 30 points for a student, but now authorities have reversed the criterion.
With the objective to encourage students with low merit in graduation as well as to check their over all capability, the universities of Kashmir and Jammu were holding the entrance examination. However, now more preference will be given to the academic merit, sources said.
The move is being viewed as contrary to the earlier claims of the authorities of completely abolishing the practice of counting the academic percentage and instead assess the over all capability of the aspirants among a larger number of candidates appearing in the Entrance Test.
Preferring anonymity, a senior professor said that all the universities in the neighboring states were conducting entrance exam for post graduate courses and give no preference to the academic merit.
“It is fair that students who had worked hard in last three years during graduation will definitely crack the entrance exam. Others who just prepare to secure high percentage during three years of the graduation will fail to crack the entrance test”, he said.
He said a similar entrance test is being conducted for admissions to different professional courses wherein no weightage was being given to merit at the higher secondary level.
Registrar of Jammu University, Naresh Padha said keeping in view non-seriousness of students towards academic studies, the authorities decided to revise the criterion.
He said the new criteria would remain in force for only this session. “We would revise it again for the next session to bring it in consonance with the procedure in vogue in the universities of the neighboring states,” Padha said.

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