Presidency university to run four departments on biological studies
statesman news service
Kolkata, 15 July
Giving in to students’ demands, Presidency University authorities have decided to run four departments relating to Biological studies at post- graduate level despite infrastructure constraints.
Apart from the newly introduced department of Biological Sciences (DBS), there will be separate departments of Zoology, Botany and Physiology only in post graduation as students of these departments are apprehensive of switching to the combined department of Biological Sciences. As the university council sat in its meeting today, these students sat in a demonstration outside the meeting room.
“It has been decided that at the post graduation level we will run all the four departments as per the students’ demand. We have advised them that opting for DBS will be a wiser decision as this is the national trend. We hope many will opt for DBS in post graduation,” said Prof Malabika Sarkar, V-C of Presidency University. Initially, the university decided to do away with the individual departments but following students’ protests, the notification for PG admission was stalled. Now as the decision of running four departments simultaneously has been ratified by the university council, the admission process will resume. The individual departments will not admit any student other than Presidency’s UG pass outs. On the other hand, DBS will have 40 per cent seats for other university pass outs. Taking all four departments, there will be 50 seats in post graduation. DBS is a conglomeration of six departments~ Botany, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology and Zoology, introduced from this year in both UG and PG keeping with the national trend. In NET (National Eligibility Test), there is no existence of these individual subject as Life Science substitutes all.
But now, Presidency being on the back foot and deciding to run four departments, questions are being raised whether it will be possible with the given infrastructure and a core faculty strength of 23. “It will not be much of any problem as the issues to be taught remain same,” added the V-C. Students of Mathematics department also met the university Council members demanding increased intake in PG. "There are 40 seats in UG and 20 in PG. And there are students of other universities too in PG. Students of other Science subjects have many options other than studying masters. But in Mathematics, we do not have such options and we have to do PG in Maths only. So we want the seats to be increased,” said a student. However, V-C Prof Sarkar ruled out any such possibility owing to infrastructure limitations.