Police presence marks JEE counseling on Day 2
In Kolkata A day after chaos and violence prevailed at Salt
Lake Stadium due to mismanagement by the Central Selection Committee of the West
Bengal Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) Board while conducting JEE Counseling
for engineering seats, a huge police force was posted on the second day of Counseling
to ensure that no untoward incident occurred.
Counseling of about 9,160 Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates has to be conducted but
only 4,000 of them could attend the session on Monday. Conseling for the rest was
conducted on Tuesday July 12. Counseling for general category students for the
AICTE tuition fee waiver scheme could not be held on Monday and will now be held
between July 19 and July 21. The pre-declared schedule of counseling that was supposed
to start from July 19 for general category candidates has been deferred by three
days and will now end on August 5.
Trouble occurred on Monday July 11 when a huge number of candidates from all categories
arrived for counseling and waited in queues all day long. Many of the candidates
became restless and went on a rampage. The police arrived a little late and a scuffle
broke out soon after.
Candidates who had to return on Monday felt irritated and disappointed with the
management. I had come around 8.00 am and waited throughout the day but my turn
never came. I was standing first in the queue. I had come at 11.00 am but the queue
did not move at all throughout the day. We had to face tremendous inconvenience,
said Biswajit Malakar, who came all the way from Jalpaiguri after ranking 4,029.
To ensure that Monday's incident didn't recur, a large police force was posted at
the stadium on Tuesday July 12. Many of the candidates who had come from other districts
and far off places were accommodated in guest houses, police said.
Courtesy: Times of India