West Bengal State Universities bypass CUET for admission to UG courses | Tech US News


Not a single state university in West Bengal has adopted the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG model for admission to undergraduate programmes, authorities said on 18 September.

Diamond Harbor Women’s University Vice-Chancellor Soma Bandyopadhyay said that they conducted the entrance test as per the instructions of the state higher education department.

“Being a state-run university… we formulate the admission criteria as per the directives of the state higher education department. There is no way we can adopt the CUET method or come up with a new merit list,” she said.

The Jadavpur State University has already conducted its own entrance tests for the university’s courses for various departments, Jadavpur University Teachers Association spokesperson Partha Pratim Roy said.

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“There is no way we can accept the CUET route for an institution like Jadavpur University, which follows a rigorous high-level admission process. All our disciplines – science, arts and engineering – maintain a high academic standard because of this admission process conducted by JU. A uniform route CUET does not apply to JU,” he said.

Additionally, St Xavier’s University has conducted its own offline entrance tests this year. St Xavier’s University Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj said “we are not going down the CUET route.”

Besides, officials of Presidency University, Vidyasagar University, Bardhaman University, MAKAUT, North Bengal University, West Bengal Technological University also said that they followed their own admission process as prescribed by the state higher education department. They added that there will be no CUET-UG merit lists or counseling for state universities.

However, a spokesperson of Central University’s Visva-Bharati University said it has adopted the CUET route.

“The CUET eligibility criteria will be considered both for students of Patha Bhavan and Siksha Satra (higher secondary level educational units run by Visva Bharati) and for external students. However, the cutoff for internal students will be slightly lower (those who are here studied up to 12th standard,” the spokesperson said.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) released the CEUT-UG results on September 16.

“The merit lists will be prepared by participating universities who will decide their individual counseling based on the CUET-UG scorecard,” said Sadhana Parashar, senior director (examinations), NTA.

With PTI inputs.

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