Kolkata: Calcutta University will conduct online entrance examination for post-graduate (PG) admission from this academic year. The move is aimed at transparency, saving time and modernisation.There are 66 post-graduate departments, which will conduct online entrance tests. The varsity will earmark one or two centres in the city where the students will have to come and appear for the examination. “Calcutta University will be the first university in the state to introduce online entrance examination. This is the most modernised approach for holding such examination ,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University . Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe Vice-Chancellor assured of quick publication of results of the entrance test. The entrance test will be MCQ type and of an hour duration. There will be 50 questions. Each right answer will fetch two marks and there will be negative marking of . 5 (half) for each wrong answer. If there is a tie in marks then the student will less negative marks will get the edge. Calcutta University has a total of 147 colleges among which post-graduate courses are offered in 32 colleges Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe total number of post-graduate seats in the varsity, including the colleges that offer post-graduate, is 8,695. The seats in Master of Arts (MA) is 4,373, in Master of Science (MSc ) is 3,074 while that in Master of Commerce (M.Com ) is 1,248. The total seats in the varsity is 5520 while that in its affiliated colleges offering PG is 3175. Admission against 60 percent seats are reserved for Calcutta University current year passed out students while admission against 40 percent of total seats are reserved for both CU and non-Calcutta University students on the basis of entrance test marks. “Calcutta University is also planning to hold PG examinations in away centres from the next academic year,” the vice chancellor said. It may be mentioned that according to a recent survey conducted by India Today and Marketing and Research Development Associates Calcutta University has ranked fifth among all Indian universities and the first in Bengal. Calcutta University has been ranked outstanding in parameters like intake quality and governance academic and research excellence, career programme and placement. Calcutta University has filed, granted and published the highest number of patents in the last three years. ” The achievement is due to very high quality research outputs and teaching performance of our internationally famous teachers,” a senior Calcutta University official said.
An aerial view of Leinster House and the surrounding buildings and amenities (Screenshot/GeoDirectory).MINISTER FOR FINANCE Michael Noonan has said that Revenue will use the mapping database GeoDirectory to help calculate the value of homes for payment of the local property tax.In response to a parliamentary question last week, Noonan said the Revenue Commissioners will only be valuing properties for the tax where there is a dispute about a valuation provided by a homeowner. Guidance on value assessment is being prepared and will be sent out “as soon as possible”.He said a range of data sources is being analysed to assist in providing valuation guidance including stamp duty records and “other sources of recent property valuations data”.The minister confirmed that the GeoDirectory, produced by Ordinance Survey Ireland and An Post, will also be used.The database provides information on property location and type as well as distance from a series of key amenities and services, including transport, health, education, retail and emergency services.However he said valuation by Revenue is expected to be “in a minority of cases”.“If the property owner approaches the matter honestly, Revenue will accept self-assessed valuations in accordance with the customer service charter,” he said.Related: This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like>Read: You asked, we answered: What you wanted to know about the property tax>More: Property tax: Seller faces €500 fine if they under-declare value of home >