State Universities in West Bengal do not use CUET for admission to RUG courses

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The 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.

Vice Chancellor of Diamond Harbor Women’s University Soma Bandyopadhyay told news agency PTIA“we passed the admission test as prescribed by the state higher education department.”

“As a state university… we prepare the eligibility criteria according to the guidelines of the State Department of Higher Education. There is no way we can apply the CUET method or prepare a new merit list,” she added.

CUET is the common gateway for undergraduate admissions to all central universities.

The state-run Jadavpur University has already conducted its own admission tests for RUG courses for various departments, said Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association spokesman Partha Pratim Roy.

“There is no way we can take over the CUET path for an institution like Jadavpur University that follows a rigorous high-level admission process. All of our disciplines – science, art and engineering – maintain a high academic standard thanks to this admission process by JU. The uniform CUET pathway does not apply to JU,” he said.

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Private St Xavier’s University also held its own admission tests offline this year. The vice-chancellor of the university, Father Felix Raj, said: “We are not going by the CUET route.”

Officials from Presidium University, Vidyasagar University, Bardhaman University, MAKAUT, North Bengal University, West Bengal University of Technology also said they have adhered to their own admission process as provided by the state’s higher education department.

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

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A spokesman for Visva-Bharati University said that the central university, with UG courses in various disciplines, has adopted the CUET route.

“The eligibility criteria for CUET will be followed both for students of Patha Bhavan and Siksha Satra (Higher Secondary Education of Visva Bharati) as well as for students from outside those who have studied up to the 12th level here,” said the spokesman.

Spokesperson for the University Students Union of the Presidency, Debnil Paul, said: “We oppose the attempt to impose one unified eligibility criterion on all higher education institutions across the country. This does not take into account the issue of academic autonomy of institutions such as the presidency.”

The results of the CUET-UG were announced on September 16 by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

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“The merit lists will be prepared by participating universities who will decide on their individual tutoring based on the CUET-UG scorecard,” said Sadhana Parashar, Senior Director (Exams), NTA.

The CUET-UG exam started in July and ended on August 30. Sixty percent attendance was recorded in the exam. According to the original plan, all phases of the CUET-UG were to be completed by August 20. However, the exam was further postponed and split into six stages to accommodate students whose exam was rescheduled due to various issues that marred the test.

The debut edition saw technical issues with last minute changes to the exam center and uninformed changes in exam dates to allow cards that stated past dates, the students faced many of these issues.

(With inputs from PTI)

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