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Calcutta Univ caps hike in number of college seats

Calcutta Univ caps hike in number of college seats

Kolkata: To address the issue of vacant seats in a number of its affiliated colleges, even after the completion of undergraduate admission the Calcutta University syndicate on Thursday decided not to allow any college to increase its seats in an illogical manner.

"No colleges will be allowed to increase its seat beyond 10 percent in any subject in Honours and 15 percent in any subject for admission in general course. We have conducted a detailed survey of the admission pursued by various colleges and have found out that seats lie vacant in certain subjects in a college as they do little homework regarding demand of students," said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of CU.

Sources in the CU syndicate informed that a number of colleges which includes around 10 in the city have also applied for slashing of seats in certain subjects as they have found vacant seats in some subjects. "Colleges are participating in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) and other assessments by agencies like NAAC. So if these agencies find that sanctioned seats in a certain college is not getting filled up then its image will not be portrayed in a good light. We feel that the institutions applying for decrease of seats have realised the hard reality and have acted accordingly," a member of CU syndicate said.

"Registration and admission in all colleges under CU will be online. Students need not be present physically in any college before commencement of classes," said Dipak Kar, Pro vice-chancellor (academics) of CU.

The admission forms will be made available online in a few days after the publication of Higher Secondary examination results on May 27. Colleges will have to submit their respective merit list by June 10. The admission process will start from June 12 and will continue till July 6. The classes will begin from the first week of July. "We have collected all admission related data from colleges about their seats in pass subjects to have a clear idea of the number of seats and the intake of students," a syndicate member said.

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