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600 demand Raiganj College admission

Raiganj, July 11: Around 600 students who did not get admission in Raiganj College protested outside the institution yesterday, prompting its authorities to hold a meeting today with other institutes in the area to look for a way to accommodate them.

A meeting was convened today at the chamber of the subdivisional officer here with the principals of Surendranath Mahavidyalaya, also located in this town, Itahar College and Kaliaganj College to find out whether the students could be accommodated elsewhere.

The principal of Raiganj College Shatrughan Singh today said it was impossible to increase the number of seats in the institution.

The process of admission to the college has been fraught with controversy from the beginning. The college authorities had been taking admission directly after fixing cut-off marks for arts, science and commerce streams, a process that was stopped by the North Bengal University that told the college to publish a merit list after giving out admission forms.

The college authorities published the first merit list on June 20 and since then 12 lists have been put up by the authorities.

The college has given admission to 1,650 boys and girls but about 600 students who could not get in crowded the college yesterday and demanded admission.

The protest made the administration convene today’s meeting.

Subdivisional officer Nandini Saraswati, requested the principals of the three colleges to share between themselves the students who were not being able to be absorbed by Raiganj College. However, Swapna Mukherjee, the principal of Itahar College, and Probir Roy, the principal of Surendranath Mahavidyalaya, made it clear that the process of admission was still on in their institutions and unless it was completed it would be difficult to find out how many vacancies were available.

The principal of Kaliaganj College, Pijush Kanti Das, said that his college could not take in a single student. “Last year, we had admitted 1,100 students and this year we have already granted admission to 1,700 students and it will be impossible to admit more,” he said.

After the meeting Saraswati said the case of the students who had not yet got admission was being looked into “sympathetically.”

“Two of the colleges are yet to determine how many students they can accommodate. The counselling for admission to Raiganj College was set to begin on July 13, but we have postponed it. We are trying our best to solve the problem,” the subdivisional officer said.