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The confusion over admission to vacant seats in the engineering faculty of Jadavpur University (JU) and Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) has been sorted out. After a meeting with education minister Bratya Basu and other authorities, the vice-chancellors of both varsities emerged as happy men with the decision taken by government which was unanimous.
"We did not want to compromise on the quality of students neither did we want the seats to remain vacant. Thus, we have decided that at the moment, the vacant seats in the first year will be filled up through lateral entry of candidates in the second year," said Basu. The minister added: "Seats remaining vacant is not new. This year, the issue has come in focus since we have introduced e-counselling. Even in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), seats remain vacant. There is no provision in the statutes of these universities to admit students from JELET in first year. We have requested the authorities from both JU and Besu to make the necessary amendments in their statute from the next session." Besu vice-chancellor Ajay Kumar Ray said: "Among the 55 seats which have remained vacant in the first year, most will be filled up. The number will go down because we will have to admit students seeking lateral entry, those of foreign origin, Kashmir immigrants and those from the defence personnel quota. Even after allocating seats and filling up the quota, very few seats will be left which can go vacant without any hassle." VC of JU Souvik Bhattacharyya said: "Seats often remain vacant in engineering institutes. However, we will soon take some measures to ensure lesser number of vacancies." The two leading state technology universities together have 170 vacant seats - 115 in JU and 55 in Besu. The education minister said: "Seats remaining vacant does not mean that students did not take admissions, but that they migrated to some other college. There are technological problems which did not allow us to hold the fourth round of counselling." Earlier, JU and Besu had rejected the government's proposal to allow students to fill up vacant seats without taking the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE). The universities feared that students who had secured a rank in WBJEE would still not find a seat if the government's earlier decision was implemented and could take the university to court.
Courtesy: Times of India
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