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750 seats vacant in colleges

Siliguri, July 21: Over 750 seats are lying vacant (see chart) in seven colleges in and around Siliguri after the admission process that raises a clamour of “less seats” gets over.

On the other, the undergraduate council of North Bengal University (NBU) sanctioned more than 40 extra seats in different honours streams in some of its affiliated colleges today.

After the publication of the Higher Secondary results this year, there was a huge uproar in five colleges of the Siliguri subdivision with student unions complaining of less number of seats. The college authorities, too, expressed helplessness for being unable to accommodate all the students.

The admission crisis had led to ransacking of Siliguri College of Commerce, followed by subdivision wide strikes. A large number of students, unable to secure a seat in the under-graduate courses, continued visiting the institutions. Bengal urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya announced that two new colleges would be opened at Sevoke Road and Naxalbari.

“We have been saying that there is no dearth of seats in the colleges of Siliguri, especially after the new colleges were opened. Now it has been proved,” said Partha Sarathi Das, the principal of Surya Sen College. “The problem was with getting chance in the preferred subjects.”

Malay Karanjai, the principal of Siliguri College, also echoed the same. “There was never any shortage of seats. It is true that there was a deadlock in some colleges. Students, who went out of the town after securing berths in the Joint Entrance Exams or got themselves admitted to self-financed courses, took admission to the local colleges also. But they did not cancel the same, till they secured admission at other places.”

Karanjai said some more seats would be vacated, as many other students would cancel their admission like previous years.

This year, NBU had fixed July 19 as the last date of admission in all its affiliated colleges, save the two new institutions.

“Admissions closed on that date,” said Ranajit Das, the principal of Kalipada Ghosh Tarai Mahavidyalaya or Bagdogra College.

At Bagdogra College, 850 and 325 students have taken admission to pass and honours courses in arts stream and 150 and 205 students in commerce, Das said.

According to a source, spot admissions were conducted in many colleges till July 19. “Despite that, seats are vacant, mostly in the general pass courses.”

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