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Oxford of the East turns 125

Allahabad University, the fourth – oldest university in the country, turned 125 on 23rd September, 2012.

The occasion was marked by a cultural event and the showcasing of a 125 feet – long painting canvas. The Central University, once known as the “Oxford of the East,” was established on 23rd September, 2012, 1887. However, Viceroy of India Lord Northbrook, on 9th December, 1873 laid the foundation stone of the Muir Central College, named after Sir William Muir, then Lt. Governor of the United Provinces. With the promulgation of the ‘Allahabad University Act of 1921,’ the Muir Central College merged with the university.

The building was designed by eminent architect Sir William Emerson, in a unique mix of Indo – Saracenic, Egyptian and Gothic styles.

Over the following years, the university lost some of its glory, but after a sustained campaign, it regained its Central University status in 2005.

It has had on its rolls a host of distinguished people, including one President and two Vice – Presidents, three Prime Ministers ( one, acting ), several Chief Ministers, Union and State ministers, and four Chief Justices of India.

The university’s Senate Hall, also a national heritage site, celebrates its centenary this year.

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Eight New Subjects introduced in Combined Research Entrance Test

The Combined Research Entrance Test ( CRET ), conducted by Allahabad University, will have eight new subjects from this year.

The dates for CRET are yet to be announced but the Academic Council has approved the decision.

AU has, however, scrapped agriculture zoology from the list of subjects for CRET. Candidates have to qualify CRET to take admission in AU’s DPhil programme. This year, CRET will have 47 subjects instead of 40.

The new subjects included in CRET are sociology, home science, atmospheric and ocean studies, globalisation and development studies, material science, cognitive science besides one subject each of the Rajiv Gandhi Chair and Govind Ballabh Pant Social Science Institute.

Prof BN Singh said information regarding Department – Wise vacancies in each subject has been sought from the Registrar but he has not replied yet.

CRET is likely to be held after the syllabus of all new eight subjects is received by the admission cell. CRET applications were to be invited from 1st May, 2012 and the entrance test was to be conducted in June.

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Allahabad University announces B.Sc, B.Com & BA Counselling from 7th July, 2012

Allahabad University has announced the schedule for counselling of undergraduate courses in B.Com and B.Sc. The counselling will begin from 7th July, 2012. The counselling for BA courses will likely be held from 14th July, 2012.

Admission Cell Director Prof BN Singh said the counselling for various combinations of subjects under B.Sc and B.Com will start from 7th July, 2012.

The counselling, reporting time for which will be from 9 am to 11.30 am, will be held at Pravesh Bhawan, Chatham Line of AU. Admissions will be done from 12 pm to 4 pm.

On 7th July, 2012, the candidates, irrespective of their category, with total marks of 199 and above in the merit list should report at Pravesh Bhawan. Likewise, ST candidates who have scored 67 and above marks should also come on the same date. On 8th July, 2012, candidates with 125 and above marks of SC category and all ST category should report while on 9th July, 2012, merit holder of 125 and above marks of SC category along with all ST category should report.

For B.Sc counseling, admission will be open for all candidates, irrespective of their individual category, for B.Sc ( Bio ), eligibility B.Sc ( Bio ) and B.Sc ( Bio pulse Home Science ) and merit 148 and above marks.

On 8th July, 2012, admission will be open for OBC candidates for B.Sc ( Bio ) with merit 118 and above marks and SC category candidates scoring 101 and above marks along with all ST candidates. On 9th July, 2012, admission will be done for candidates of all categories for B.Sc ( Maths ) and candidates scoring merit of 191 and above marks.

On 10th July, 2012, admission will be done for OBC candidates, B.Sc ( Maths ), merit 159 and above marks and SC candidates scored 108 and above marks and all ST candidates.

On 11th July, 2012, admission will be done for B.Sc ( Home Science ), ( candidate of all categories ) with merit 91 and above marks, 70 and above marks for candidate of OBC categories, 41 and above marks for candidates of SC categories and all ST candidates.

Admission Cell director said each candidate, who has cleared the entrance test, has to come along with different documents including admit card ( original ), one set each of high school marksheet, high school certificate and intermediate marksheet.

The candidates should also bring the original Transfer / Migration certificate along with different weightage certificates and testimonials. The candidates have to bring the fee, as mentioned in admission bulletin, in cash which would be deposited at the time of taking admission.

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