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JEE Board to start domicile rule for admission in JU Engg from this year

Kolkata: The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board will implement domicile policy for admission in Engineering at Jadavpur University right from this academic year.

Around 90 percent of the engineering seats in the General category will be reserved for home students, the ones who pass their Plus-II exams from Bengal.

"The state Higher Education department has given us necessary instructions regarding the introduction of domicile at Jadavpur University. We will act as per guidelines of the department. The detailed notification regarding admission will be released by June 25," said Malayendu Saha, chairman of the Joint Entrance Board.

Senior members of the Board held a meeting with Dean of Engineering, JU, Chiranjib Bhattacharjee on Thursday regarding the preparation of the notification of domicile.

A source in the Higher Education department said the JEE Board had cited legal constraints when it comes to implementation of the domicile from this year. It had suggested introduction of the quota system from the next academic year. However, the department that held a meeting with senior Board officials recently made it clear that they want the Board to introduce domicile from this year itself.

The faculty council of Engineering and Technology of JU on March 6 had adopted a resolution calling for domicile which was ratified by the Executive Committee (EC) — the highest decision-making body of the varsity on March 18. JU has 16 departments in Engineering among which 11 are located in the main campus at Jadavpur while another five at its second campus in Salt Lake. The total number of seats in Engineering at JU is 1,273.

The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) Shibpur, and the NIT, Durgapur, have reserved 50 percent of their seats for candidates from Bengal. A student from Bengal can be admitted as a home student or a non-home student in both these institutes.

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