A statement issued by the leading state university on Monday stated that the admissions to the first semester BSc honours programmes (except Biotechnology) in Cotton University for 2020-21 would begin from Tuesday (September 8).
“As advised by the Assam government, the total number of seats has been increased by 25 per cent, and the advantage to students from AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council) board is given in the form of marks standardization. All admissions shall be provisional,” read the statement.
CU academic registrar Sanjay Dutta said that effort will be on to complete the BSc admissions in two days, as admission to the newly introduced liberal arts course is planned on September 10. “The normal admissions has to be completed by September 11, as per the directives of the directorate of higher education,” he said. The BA admissions has already concluded in CU.
On Tuesday, students having standardized marks of 276 (best of three) and above will be allowed to take part in the admission process. The time slots during the day, against different standardised marks of candidates for counselling and admission, have already been notified on the CU website.
Considering the interest of the applicants, CU admission committee officials said that they are expecting high cut-offs in physics, chemistry and zoology. However, no cut-off marks for the departments will be available for the applicants before commencement of the admissions on Tuesday.
“The applicants had been given login id and passwords during registration. The login window will be available during admission days. Students will be able to enter in the window when their turn comes marks-wise,” Dutta said.
Though cut-offs are not announced prior to the admission dates, he said that seats will be allotted in the honours courses as per preference of the students from the top of the merit list of applicants which figure over 4,000 applicants for BSc.
In the BA admissions held recently, high cut-offs for unreserved categories were recorded in political science (292) and psychology (290), followed by history and sociology (289). However, the students and guardians were expecting that the cut-offs would go even higher.
CU officials said that even as it was expected that the cut-offs will go up much more than the previous year, after many students dropped their plans to go outside northeast for higher studies, it only went up marginally higher than last year in BA admissions. “The final cut-offs in BA were not recorded abruptly higher than last year. This was probably due to the 25 per cent increase in the seats in the departments. In BSc too, we are expecting a similar trend,” a senior official of the admission committee said.