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Jadavpur University Restores Admission Tests After Protests By Students, Teachers & Academics

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| July 11 , 2018 , 13:33 IST

In a major win for protesting students, teachers and academics, the renowned Jadavpur University (JU) of Kolkata reinstated admission tests on Wednesday, 3 days after the tests were scrapped on July 4. The scrapping took place allegedly due to pressure from the ruling Trinamool Congress government.

The restoration of the admission test process was hailed by the protesters.

“This is the victory of JU’s heritage, its teachers and students. All this happened because a non-issue and made into an issue. The examination system has only elevated the standard of JU over the past decades,” said academician Anandadeb Mukhopadhyay, former vice-chancellor of Vidyasagar University and an ex-student and teacher of JU.

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Jadavpur University was allegedly encouraged to scrap its traditional admission test procedure to come into sync with other universities of West Bengal which generally conduct admissions on the basis of board exam results.  

Although Education minister Partha Chatterjee denied having any role in the scrapping of the admission tests, he specified that "two types of the admission system cannot co-exist in one education system".

Removal of the admission tests was met with massive protests, with marathon agitations and hunger strikes on campus as well as outcry from eminent intellectuals and academicians.

JU registrar Chiranjib Bhattacharjee said to Hindustan Times, “A female student who was on fast for 85 hour told us that the students were ready to face the consequences but would continue with the agitation.”

Despite the restoration of the exam system in 6 departments of the arts faculty, the protests continued since the executive council did not decide whether the examinations would be condcted by JU teachers or an external body.