Entire process, including document submission and fees payment, will be online
It’s admission season in West Bengal, but with a difference. The admission procedure will be completely online this year keeping in mind the COVID situation.
West Bengal currently has 48 universities — 30 state-aided universities, 7 state-aided specialised universities, 10 private universities and 1 deemed university. The state also has around 450 government-aided colleges and around 60 government colleges. Students can also choose from 25-plus central government-run higher education institutions.
There will be no admission tests this year and online admission will be merit-based.
Academics have assured students that everyone would find a college seat despite the high success rate in this year’s Class XII board examinations.
“We know that this year the pass percentage for all boards have been at a record-breaking high. But we would like to tell the students that the state has enough seats to cater to all of them. Colleges will publish up to three admission lists and so students should not lose hope,” said Somnath Mukherjee of the All Bengal Principals’ Council and the principal of Dinabandhu Andrews College in Kolkata.
“We admit that not all students might not get their coveted courses in the college of their choice but they sure to find a good alternative. Since this year colleges have been directed to refund the admission fees if a student wants to withdraw and take admission elsewhere, we would urge students to take full advantage of this and apply to as many colleges as they can,” Mukherjee added.
Important dates for undergraduate admission in West Bengal:
August 2: Portal for online application opens
August 20: Completion of application process for undergraduate courses
August 31: Publication of merit list
September 30: Completion of undergraduate admission
October 1: Admission to begin for 1st semester undergraduate courses
No student will have to be on campus for admission this year, according to a notification addressed to all state university vice-chancellors. Students will not be called for counselling or document verification.
Colleges and universities will intimate selected candidates directly. Fees have to be paid online or at designated banks.
Consultant psychologist and academic coach Anuttama Banerjee advised students not to panic. “This is such an unprecedented and critical situation we are facing. It is a fact that the exams could not take place because the situation was not conducive. Some students who have worked hard could be feeling frustrated as the exactness of the evaluation could not be ensured. And those who were not really prepared might be slightly relieved. But no one should lose hope as this was not the last exam and there will always be a new beginning,” Banerjee said.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had said in its 2021-22 guidelines that universities would start undergraduate admissions once Class XII results were out and complete the process by September-end. Classes for fresh batches are to begin in October.
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