Bengal state government has decided to give 10 per cent more seats in its colleges to accommodate higher secondary students. This decision has come for the second year in a row. The apprehension of high cutoff marks has prompted the government to tread the same path for the second time.
State education minister Bratya Basu said, “We will soon send notifications to all colleges and inform them about the 10 per cent increase in seats in all the departments”.
Last year, seats were increased after students from state government schools failed to meet high cutoff marks. As a result, ISC and CBSE students made a clean sweep on the merit lists in colleges, only with a handful of West Bengal Higher Secondary Council candidates managing to languish down the list.
This year, too, the situation is almost identical. With majority scoring between 30 percent and 50 per cent, the HS pass percentage is hovering much below those of the ISC and the CBSE. Around 474 have achieved a score more than 90 per cent, but the number is miniscule compared to those from other boards.
The government has also issued notice to colleges that have websites to conduct admissions online. “Those who have adequate infrastructure will have to introduce online admissions. This will solve confusion and simplify the admission process,” the minister said.
Around 150 colleges have responded that they are equipped to hold the entire admission process online.