Presidency students agitate against dubious admission process
Kolkata: A section of students at Presidency University agitated on Thursday afternoon, alleging that the university has been carrying out the admission process without publishing the merit list. The students were also vocal with the counselling fees being raised to Rs 500 from Rs 100 in the varsity.
The students demanded publication of merit list as they feel that admission without it may jeopardise transparency associated with the process.
The students under the banner of Independent Consolidation (IC) and the Student Federation of India (SFI) agitated in front of the room of the admission nodal officer and accounts officer at the first floor of the main building of the university.
"The fees for counselling has been fixed by the state Joint Entrance Board (JEE). So, we are helpless in this regard. We are writing to the Board regarding the students' demand so that it might be brought down from next year," admission nodal officer Arabinda Nayek said.
A senior administrative official denied any irregularity with the admission process and said that the JEE Board had issued rank card to students this year and admission process will be carried out with transparency based on the rank card and marks scored in admission test.
It may be mentioned that 38,000 applicants had appeared for written test at the varsity. There are 705 seats in the undergraduate level. The first phase of counselling is scheduled to be held from July 17 to 20, with the second phase on July 22 and 23.