Calcutta University on Thursday finalised its plan to admit students to its 141 colleges through a centralised online system and explained the procedure to the principals.
“We are ready with the online admission system. The colleges will have to implement it from the academic session starting July,” said Dhrubojyoti Chatterjee, pro vice-chancellor (academic), Calcutta University.
Senior CU officials met college principals during the day to explain to them the process candidates need to follow to get admitted to undergraduate courses.
Highlights of the new system:
All information on the colleges, courses, subject combinations, and the number of seats will be posted on the CU website — www.caluniv.ac.in — as well as on the websites of the colleges.
Candidates will have to log into the website designated for centralised admission and fill in application forms.
Each candidate can apply to a maximum of 15 colleges or for as many courses. He/she can apply for honours in more than one subject at one or multiple colleges. A student, say, can apply for physics and chemistry honours at one college and English honours at another.
Up to four subject-wise merit lists will be issued and posted on the admission website.
Students may be offered more than one subject on the first merit list. For example, he/she can be offered physics honours at one college and English honours at another. But a student can block seat in only one course at a time.
If a student does not want to take any of the courses offered to him/her on the first list, he can wait for the second.
Every student will be given up to four chances for selecting a subject.
Once a student chooses a subject offered, he/she will have to deposit a fee to a designated bank, following which an account number will be generated and a receipt bearing the number issued.
The student will have to print out the receipt and give a copy to the college for admission.
“We are taking all possible steps to ensure the students are not inconvenienced,” pro-VC Chatterjee.
The colleges can set their cut-off marks. The software will allow a student to apply only for subjects for which he/she has the qualifying score.
Some principals, however, pointed out that the university should not ask students to get print-outs of the payment receipts as many students in rural areas do not have access to computers. A CU source said the agency hired to develop the software has been asked to consider an alternative procedure.
The colleges were reminded at the meeting that they should install high-speed Internet connection on campus and have own websites.