The Bengal Engineering and Science University will continue to admit students through the state JEE next year, education minister Bratya Basu said on Thursday.
The statement clears the air about the examination for entry into the Shibpur university, which will have to switch from the JEE to an all-India admission test once its promised upgrade is effected.
“It has been decided that Besu will admit students next year on the basis of rankings in the state JEE,” the minister said after meeting vice-chancellor Ajay Ray on Thursday afternoon.
The state JEE board will soon start distributing application forms and prospectus for next year’s test, scheduled for April 15.
“In the prospectus, the board has to mention the list of institutes that would admit students through the JEE. So, we must inform the board at the earliest that Besu will admit students next year through the state JEE,” said an official in the higher education department.
Besu’s upgrade to Indian Institute of Engineering, Science and Technology (IIEST) is awaiting Parliament’s approval.
Post-upgrade, the institute will have to leave the JEE fold and admit students through the All India Engineering Entrance Examinations, conducted by the CBSE.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had written to the Centre in September, urging it to expedite the process of upgrading Besu.
As the format of the AIEEE and the JEE are different, students need to know in advance which test they would have to write to gain a berth at Besu.
“To avoid any uncertainty, we want to admit students through the state JEE in 2012. The switch may happen the year after,” said vice-chancellor Ray.