West Bengal state universities not using CUET for admission to UG courses

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State universities in West Bengal have not adopted the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG model for admission to undergraduate courses, authorities said on Sunday.

Diamond Harbor Women’s University Vice-Chancellor Soma Banerjee told the news agency PTI“We have conducted the entrance exam as per the instructions of the state higher education department.”

“Being a state university… we formulate the admission criteria as per the directives of the state higher education department. There is no way to adopt chuet system or prepare any new merit list,” he added.

CHUTE is the common gateway for undergraduate admissions in all central universities.

Jadavpur University Teachers Association spokesperson Partha Pratim Roy said the state-run Jadavpur University has already conducted its own entrance exams for UG courses for various departments.

“We cannot adopt the Chuet route for an institution like Jadavpur University which follows a strict high level admission process. All our disciplines – science, arts and engineering – maintain high academic standards because of this admission process of JABI. Uniform Chuet route. Not applicable to Jabi,” he said.

Private St. Xavier’s University also held its own entrance test offline this year. University Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj said, “We are not going the Chute route.”

Officials of Presidency University, Vidyasagar University, Burdwan University, MAKAUT, North Bengal University, West Bengal University of Technology also said that they follow their own admission process designed by the state higher education department.

There will be no CUET-UG merit list or counseling for state universities, officials said.

A Visva Bharati University spokesperson said the central university, with UG courses in various disciplines, has adopted the Chute route.

“Chute eligibility criteria will be followed for both Path Bhavan and Shiksha Satras (higher secondary level education units run by Visva Bharati) and external students. But the cut-off marks will be slightly lower for internal students (those who have studied up to 12th standard here),” the spokesperson said. said

Debanil Paul, spokesperson of Presidency University Students’ Union, said, “We oppose the attempt to impose a single admission test criteria in all higher education institutions across the country. It does not take into account the academic autonomy of institutions like Presidency.”

The Chuet-UG results were declared on September 16 by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

“The merit lists will be prepared by the participating universities who will decide on their individual counseling based on the CHEET-UG score card,” said Sadhan Parashar, Senior Director (Examination), NTA.

Chuet-UG exam starts in July and ends on August 30. 60 percent attendance was recorded in the examination. As per the initial plan, all phases of CUET-UG were scheduled to end on August 20. However, the exam was further postponed and divided into six phases for those students, whose exams were rescheduled due to some glitches that disrupted the exam.

The first edition saw technical glitches due to last-minute changes in exam centers and unknown changes in exam dates in admit cards mentioning past dates, students faced many of these problems.

(with inputs from PTI)

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