No age bar for student prodigies at Calicut University

Good news is that the minimum eligibility of 18 years and 10+2 is now no more mandatory for the students of CU.

Even if the minimum age and qualifications do not match the requirements, not a matter to worry for the students of Calicut University as the University now has decided to allow student prodigies to enroll or its degree and PG courses even if they don’t meet the minimum age and qualification requirements.

A minimum eligibility of plus two pass or completion of 18 years will not be mandatory for the admission of exceptionally gifted students to its new ‘prodigy promotion programme. The varsity had constituted a committee headed by dean of languages M M Basheer to consider the case. The recommendations of the committee were approved by the varsity’s academic council on Thursday.

This decision came up with the idea of a young talent when the University received an application from this young poet, Aishwarya T Anish. The application was written by the Aishwarya seeking admission to distance education BA English course. Aiswarya is a class 11 student hailing from Alappuzha.

Vice-chancellor M Abdul Salam said “The current higher education system in the state does not provide an opportunity for child prodigies to realize their ambitions. From now on, child prodigies of any age will be considered for admissions to the varsity’s degree and PG programmes if they are genuinely gifted,”

No high academic grades alone will not be a measure of success. The measure of talent is redefined. The students will have to prove that they are really exceptional and have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.

The gifted students will have to appear for a different entrance exam under this and have to show that they have different potential. Therefore a special entrance exam will have to be cleared first and an interview by a high level committee headed by the concerned dean of faculty and chairman of board of studies.

The system ensures that the scheme is to be applied to gifted students only. They are also required to clear the minimum qualification exam with good grades before the end of the programme. Morever, special care is to be taken that it should not be misused so as to bypass the established admission norms.



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