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CU to introduce nodal online admission from June 10

A student no longer has to hop from one college to another for admission as Calcutta University on Friday announced undergraduate admissions through a centralised online system from June 10.

Till last year, aspirants had to visit the colleges of their choice to learn about the eligibility criteria, seat capacity and the subjects offered.

Many colleges have been uploading application forms on their websites over the past few years, but submission of filled-in forms was manual till last year on most campuses.

So the students had to stand in snaking queues for hours to hand over filled-in forms while union leaders played tricks to sneak in candidates of their choice.

On June 3, the university will launch an information portal containing detailed guidelines on admission schedule, eligibility criteria, subjects offered and seat capacity, and how to fill in forms and lock choices.

The university has 135 colleges affiliated to it. Seventeen of them are not part of the system for being autonomous, (like St. Xavier’s), minority (like Loreto and Al-Ameen) or self-financed colleges.

A Metro guide to the new system

nNumber of colleges and subjects a student can opt for: A student can apply to 15 colleges and in as many subjects.

“Candidates will have to log into the portal and fill in application forms. Each candidate can apply to a maximum of 15 colleges and for as many courses. He/she can apply for honours in more than one subject at multiple colleges. Up to four subject-wise merit lists will be posted on the portal,” said vice-chancellor Suranjan Das.

The information portal that will be launched on June 3 will offer the facility for filing applications from June 10.

Asked about the seven-day gap between the launch of the portal and the start of the admission process, Das said students should be given time to acquaint themselves with the new system so they could make informed decisions while choosing subjects.

The ISC results were announced on May 17. The CBSE Class XII and the state Higher Secondary results are expected by the end of May.

nRegistration: Once the portal becomes “operational” on June 10, a student has to enter in a column details about himself/herself, marks in the Plus-II exams and the board and the institute he/she has passed out of. This will lead to the generation of a unique identification number.

Once the number is created, students have to enter it in a column that will also contain details of the application fee. After the column is filled in, an e-challan will be generated.

The fee can be paid to any State Bank of India branch. The challan has to be submitted to the branch where the fee will be paid.

Once the payment is made, the student will be treated as a “registered candidate” and he/she can start accessing the list of colleges offering subjects of his/her choice.

nLocking of choice: In the next phase, a student will be informed of the subjects he/she is entitled to study. The decision will be based on the candidate’s score in the Plus-II exams and the cut-off score.

“A student can be considered eligible for all 15 subjects he/she has applied for, or for only one or two subjects,” said vice-chancellor Das.

Of the available subjects, a candidate has to choose one and press the lock button. Another e-challan will be generated for paying the locking fee. The student has to go to an SBI branch once again and pay a one-time locking fee. The student then will have to wait for the first merit list to be posted.

nUnlocking of choice: Altogether four merit lists will be published and an applicant can opt for a college in each of the four rounds.

A university official explained the procedure. “When the second merit list will be announced, a candidate may find his/her name featuring against a subject he/she had not been considered for earlier. The candidate will have the discretion to unlock the first choice and lock the fresh one. Unlocking will be allowed up to the third round. A student will have to make a final choice by the fourth round,” said the official.

Admission will start only after the fourth round. “Even if a candidate is happy with the ‘first lock’, he or she cannot take admission right away,” the official pointed out.

“The centralised admission software has been designed in a way that as soon as a student presses the ‘unlock’ option, the student next in the queue will be offered the berth,” said a senior professor of the university.