DEHRADUN: 16 July, 2015.
Student leaders from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University's (HNBGU) students' union and ABVP leaders staged a an agitation outside the vice-chancellor's office at Srinagar all day long on Thursday, protesting against the non-implementation of the "weightage" provision for graduate students in post-graduate courses despite approval from the executive council earlier in May.

Speaking to TOI, Divyanshu Bahuguna, student union president at HNBGU, said "We don't understand, when the academic council as well as the executive council of the university have given their approval for giving weightage to graduate students from the varsity in post-graduate courses, why it is not being duly implemented?"

He added, "Even though we have been told that seats might be increased to ensure that all the students from the university get admissions in PG courses, we won't stop our agitation till the weightage is given to us. If the seats are increased, they should be specifically for graduate students from Birla campus."

It is learnt that the admissions for post-graduate courses along with counselling sessions for some courses like MCA and History were to begin on Thursday, but were forcibly stopped by the student leaders.

Students claim that the HNBGU became a central university (the only one in Uttarakhand) only in 2009 after which getting admissions in the post-graduate courses became a major problem for undergraduate students passing out of the varsity. And with the implementation of the "weightage" provision, the students who have done their graduation from the university were to get a better chance in admission to post-graduate courses at the varsity.

Devendra Negi, OSD to HNBGU vice-chancellor, said, "The vice-chancellor has got the weightage approved from the academic as well as the executive council. However, we are yet to get an approval on it from ministry of human resource development. Till the time we receive it, weightage cannot be given. As far as increasing the seats is concerned, the VC will hold a meeting to decide about it"

It is learnt that to get an admission to limited post-graduate seats, students have to take a 100 mark test usually held in June and the standard cut-off for selection goes up to 42-45 marks. So if a student who has graduated from the university scores 38 marks in the test, he or she would automatically get a benefit of five marks when the "weightage" system is implemented and be eligible for admission in the PG courses.
Courtesy: Times Of India

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