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Calcutta University fixes intake capacity to ensure admission clarity

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Calcutta University has specified the permissible intake of students in undergraduate courses of its affi-liate colleges and issued a subject-wise break up of seats for humanities and science streams and a course-wise breakup for B.Com Honours and general streams.

According to sources, the university has specified the permissible intake for the academic session 2019-20 to ensure transparency in the admission process and prevent students’ unions from influencing the process by exhorting money from candidates by promising them seats.

The university has also started a helpline for candidates seeking admission to undergraduate courses, which will be operative between May 27 and July 6 (except on holidays). The admission in most colleges will begin soon after publication of the HS results.

“While most of the colleges are transparent with their admission process, there are some which admit more students than what their infrastructure allows. Even the university does not have any data on the number of seats in various courses in these colleges. There was a big gap which was being misused by a section of students’ unions and staffers to admit students via unauthorized channels, giving rise to corruption. The university wants to plug loopholes to prevent corruption in the admission process,” said an official.

Last year, chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited Asutosh College after allegations surfaced of seats being sold by a section of the students’ unions. Education minister Partha Chatterjee visited Jaipuria College, City College and Surendranath College when union members clashed with each other over their
share of the spoils.

On the other hand, colleges like Lady Brabourne, Loreto, Shri Shikshayatan, Gokhale, Scottish Church, Bethune and Bhawanipur Education Society, among others, have always ensured that the admission is on the basis of merit. “We want other colleges to emulate their model,” said the official.

CU has taken several other steps this year to ensure the admission process stays smooth and transparent, including drawing up a detailed admission and academic calendar for its affiliated colleges.

The colleges will also have to wrap up admissions by the first week of July and start classes soon after. Since the admission process will be online, no student is required to visit the campus before classes start. Colleges can only communicate with them via text messages and email till admission is secured.


Source: The Times of India

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