The state education department on Thursday announced the rollout of centralised college admissions across state-run universities and colleges, with a few exceptions, to be implemented from the forthcoming admission season, after Class XII board results are declared.
Jadavpur University (JU) has, however, been kept out of the centralised admission process. The university shall be free to admit students through its own admission tests (like it does in most arts subjects), or through merit lists (as has been its practice for the science streams). Rabindra Bharati University’s fine arts and visual arts departments, too, have been kept out. Presidency University and St Xavier’s, and other autonomous colleges governed by various universities have been given time to decide whether they want to opt in or stay out.
The decision to shift from the decades-old practice of individualised tests to a centralised one was taken at a meeting between education minister Bratya Basu and vice-chancellors of state-aided universities on Thursday. The new system — originally mooted by Basu as education minister in 2011 — promises to usher in greater transparency and fairness by weeding out the persistent issue of student bodies’ meddling in the admission process.