Gujarat University Gets Rid Of Written Tests, Student Appeals to High Court

The Central University of Gujarat (CUG) has garnered heated attention in the eye of a controversy involving students from the backward classes. Midway through its admission process for the M.Phil with Ph.D courses, the university jilted the equal weightage granted for the written examination and has decided to proceed with admissions on the basis of interviews alone – much of an obstacle for the backward class students, especially those from rural areas, who were relying more the objective written test to secure a seat.

The issue dawned upon the university and the fellow applicants, when a student, Kalyani Ramchandra Pradhan, approached the Gujarat high court against the university changing its admission process after the written examinations had been held.

Pradhan raised a grievance about the criteria adopted for the admission to the M.Phil with Ph.D courses and submitted that while the selection, the results of which were announced on July 23, was done on the basis of only the viva voce test, it was originally stated in the prospectus that candidates would be selected for admission on the basis of an entrance test and interview.

The entrance exam was held on June 26, until which time the criteria prescribed for preparation of the merit list was the result of the entrance test and interview. However, a circular was issued on July 1, wherein it was stated that only the marks obtained in viva voce would be considered for the purpose of selection.

In light of these arguments, the high court had on August 1 noted that ‘a strong prima facie cases for notice as well as ad-interim direction is made out’ and directed that till the next date of hearing, August 10, the admissions shall not be finalized.

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