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JU gets nod to fill engineering seats

Jadavpur University

Jadavpur University will fill 147 engineering seats left vacant after centralised admission process by conducting its own counselling.

The higher education department on Wednesday allowed JU to conduct decentralised counselling based on state JEE ranks, said an education department official.

Centralised counselling by the state JEE board ended in July and all 16 streams were left with empty seats.

About a fortnight ago, JU sought permission to fill up its vacant seats by conducting internal counselling. “Why would so many seats at JU remain vacant,” reasoned the interim VC of JU, Abhijit Chakrabarti.

The education department seemed to agree. “It’s not desirable that over 10 per cent seats in the state’s premier engineering institute would remain vacant,” said an education department official.

The university would soon post advertisement on its website and in dailies, asking candidates to contact the engineering faculty with their JEE rank cards.

“Even JU students who have taken admission can participate in the counselling, seeking a switch of stream. If students who have taken admission at other institutes get selected at JU, the candidates have to strike their names off the roll and seek fresh admission,” Chakrabarti said.

All JEE rankers would be called in phases and counselling would end the moment the seats are filled up.

“The aspirant has to score 60 per cent marks each in physics, chemistry and maths in Higher Secondary or equivalent exams to be admitted,” the interim VC said.

The maximum number of vacancies are in civil engineering and chemical engineering — 18 and 17 seats respectively. In electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering and computer science and engineering, there are 10, 9 and 5 vacant seats respectively.

The state recently allowed 80-odd private engineering colleges to hold decentralised counselling to admit students, considering either the state JEE or the JEE main ranks and other eligibility criteria.

A similar arrangement at JU has other engineering colleges worried of losing students to JU berth and ending up with empty seats.

The Association of Professional Academic Institutes (APAI), -representing private engineering colleges, said internal counselling at JU could have an impact.

“About 15,000 seats have remained vacant after decentralised counselling. If we lose candidates to JU, the colleges would face more crisis,” said Dhurjati Banerjee, the secretary of the association.

The education department official, however, dispelled the apprehension. “For 147 seats I don’t think other institutes should be scared,” he said.

In 2012, JU and (then) BESU had been asked by the state government to fill up seats based on Plus II marks. Both institutes had rejected the proposal, saying it would compromise with academic standard.