The Madras University has decided to abolish entrance examinations for post-graduate courses for which there is poor response from students for admission.

Aspiring Students will be given spot admission in the less-favoured PG courses after calling the applicants for counselling. However, the University will follow the reservation norms prescribed by the State Government.

Addressing newspersons here on Wednesday, University Vice-Chancellor G.Thiruvasagam said the university had 18 schools and 72 departments with diverse post graduate courses and a variety of options ranging from music to nanotechnology. In the last few years, the response from students for some PG courses was not encouraging compared to available infrastructure and faculty.

One reason for the poor response from students was the entrance examination. So the University decided to abolish entrance test for these courses. Moreover, the University wanted optimum utilisation of available resources and had launched a special drive to attract students.

It had also revamped and revised the courses to meet the requirement of civil service and State service examinations.

These courses, the Vice-chancellor said, were mostly job-oriented courses and job placements for students who had completed the courses were excellent. Perhaps lack of awareness among the students might be one reason for the poor response.

To popularise the courses, the University would soon prepare a booklet on prospects of the courses and circulate them to colleges which were conducting undergraduate courses. Information about the courses would be posted in university website also.

The University had also written to apex bodies such as Union and State Public service commissions to recognise these courses as an accepted qualification.

The last date for accepting applications for PG courses is May 5.

Students who apply for the course will be called for counselling for admission, the Vice-Chancellor added.