The state’s higher education department has allowed colleges and universities to apply for new applications for undergraduate coursework after finding a large number of seats vacant.
Colleges can reopen their admissions portal to receive new applications, but the admissions process will need to be completed by October 30, according to a government notification.
“We can see that a good number of seats are still vacant in various general education colleges and unitary universities. The competent authority of the department has duly taken this fact into account and has decided that colleges / universities, where there are vacancies, can reopen the admission portal to receive new applications and complete the admission process by 30 October 2020, ”reads the notification.
Many students have applied to several colleges in in-demand subjects. But they could not get a seat in the subjects they chose in any of the institutions where they applied. Many of these students feared losing a year.
“These students can now reapply in institutions where there are vacant positions. This will help them avoid the loss of a year, ”said an official from the University of Calcutta.
The government had banned colleges and universities from accepting applications from applicants beyond the date set for online submission of admission forms.
August 26 was the deadline for accepting applications. The deadline for closing the admission process was September 25, but it has been extended to October 30.
The director of a college in southern Calcutta said only four out of 25 seats in philosophy and two out of as many in Sanskrit have been filled. Seats are vacant in economy and also in Bengali.
The head of another college said many seats in subjects like Bengali, political science and Urdu were vacant.
Lady Brabourne College has vacancies in Persian, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Philosophy. The college decided to publish a “wish list” for students who applied in the first round but failed to secure a place in their chosen subject. These students can choose one of the subjects that have vacancies.
“We will wait a little while to see the response from the students. If there is no response, we will reopen our portal and search for new applications, ”said Director Shiuli Sarkar.
Most complained about vacancies, especially in reserved categories, a CU official said. About 45 percent of places in all subjects in BA, BSc and BCom are reserved for SC, ST, OBC-A and OBC-B applicants and students with disabilities.
But in some colleges, places for students in the general category are also vacant in subjects “little demanded by students”.