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Govt check on admission

Calcutta: Colleges will have to send admission details to their affiliating universities on a daily basis and the universities have to forward them online to the higher education department, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday.

The government has decided on the move to ensure students are admitted only on the basis of merit and the colleges do not admit students beyond their capacity, officials said.

The higher education department had received many complaints over the past few years that colleges were admitting students who were undeserving and in excess of their sanctioned capacity under pressure from unions.

Following an order from the government, Calcutta University has posted on its website - www.caluniv.ac.in - a list mentioning the number of students each college can admit in each department in the 2018-19 session.

The colleges affiliated to Calcutta University will start admitting students on June 22. According to the government's instruction, the university has to send the admission details to the higher education department from June 22 till all seats are filled up.

"We have asked the universities to direct their affiliated colleges to send the admission details every day till the closure of the admission. The universities will have to forward those details to the government regularly so that we can monitor whether the admissions are being done according to the order of merit. We will not allow any undeserving student to be admitted," Chatterjee said.

Dipak Kar, Calcutta University's pro vice-chancellor (academic affairs), said the university was aware of the government's decision.

"We won't have any problem sending the updated status of undergraduate admission to the government regularly as the entire process is conducted online," Kar said.

The government has introduced online admission to make the process more transparent and to prevent the unions from forcing colleges to admit students of their choice.

The Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad controls the student bodies of nearly 95 per cent of the undergraduate colleges in Bengal.

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