West Bengal state universities not using CUET for admission to UG courses

The state universities in West Bengal have not adopted the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG model for admission in to undergraduate courses, authorities said on Sunday.

Vice Chancellor of Diamond Harbour Women’s University Soma Bandyopadhyay told news agency PTI, “we have conducted the entrance test as directed by the state higher education department.”

“Being a state university… we devise the admission criteria going by the directives of the state higher education department. There is no way we can adopt the CUET method or prepare any new merit list,” she further added. 

CUET is the common gateway for undergraduate admissions to all central universities.

The state-run Jadavpur University has already conducted it’s own entrance tests for UG courses for various departments, Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association spokesperson Partha Pratim Roy said.

“No way we can adopt the CUET path for an institution like Jadavpur University which follows rigorous high level admission procedure. All our disciplines – science, arts and engineering – maintain high academic standard due to this admission process by JU. The uniform CUET route is not applicable for JU,” he said.

Private St Xavier’s University also held it’s own entrance tests offline this year. The university’s Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj said, “We are not going by the CUET route.”

Officials of Presidency University, Vidyasagar University, Bardhaman University, MAKAUT, North Bengal University, West Bengal University of Technology also said they have adhered to their own admission process as envisaged by the state higher education department.

There will not be any CUET-UG merit lists or counselling for state varsities, officials said.

A Visva-Bharati University spokesperson said the Central university, having UG courses in different disciplines, has adopted the CUET route.

“The CUET eligibility criteria will be followed both for students of Patha Bhavan and Siksha Satra (higher secondary level educational units run by Visva Bharati) and students from outside. But there will be a little bit lowering of cut-off mark for internal students (those having studied here up to 12th level,” the spokesperson said.

Spokesperson of Presidency University Students Union, Debnil Paul said, “We oppose the attempt to thrust one uniform admission test criteria on all higher educational institutions across the country. This does not take into account the academic autonomy issue of institutions like Presidency.”

The results of the CUET-UG were declared on September 16 by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

“The merit lists will be prepared by participating universities who will decide about their individual counselling on the basis of CUET-UG score card,” said Sadhana Parashar, Senior Director (Exams), NTA. 

The CUET-UG exam began in July and concluded on August 30. Sixty per cent attendance was recorded in the exam. According to the initial plan, all phases of the CUET-UG were scheduled to conclude on August 20. However, the exam was further deferred and split into six phases to accommodate students whose exam was rescheduled due to several glitches that marred the test.

The debut edition saw technical glitches to last-minute change in exam centre and uninformed changes in exam dates to admit cards mentioning past dates, the students faced many of these issues.

(With inputs from PTI)

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