West Bengal: State universities will not use CUET score for UG admissions

None of the state universities in West Bengal have 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 Bandyopadhyay told PTI, “we have conducted the entrance test as per the directions of the state higher education department.” “Being a state university… we draw up the admission criteria following the guidelines of the state higher education department. There is no way we can adopt the CUET method or prepare any new merit list,” he said.

Jadavpur University Teachers Association spokesperson Partha Pratim Roy said Jadavpur University has already conducted its own entrance tests for UG courses for various departments.

“There is no way we can adopt the CUET route for an institution like Jadavpur University which follows a highly rigorous admission procedure. All our disciplines (science, arts and engineering) maintain a high academic standard because of this admission process by JU The uniform CUET route is not applicable to JU,” he said.

Sant Xavier Private University also conducted its own offline entrance tests this year.

Father Felix Raj, Vice-Chancellor of St Xavier’s University, said: “We are not going the CUET route.” Officials of Presidency University, Vidyasagar University, Bardhaman University, MAKAUT, University of North Bengal and West Bengal Technological University also said that they have adhered to their own admission process as provided by the state department of higher education.

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

A Visva-Bharati University spokesperson said the central university, which has UG courses in various disciplines, has adopted the CUET route.

“CUET eligibility criteria will be followed both for students of Patha Bhavan and Siksha Satra (Higher Secondary Education Units run by Visva Bharati) and for students from outside. But there will be some reduction in cut off mark for to internal students (those who have studied here up to 12th standard), said the spokesperson.

Presidency University Students’ Union spokesperson Debnil Paul said, “We oppose the attempt to impose a uniform admission test 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 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 on the basis of the CUET-UG score card,” said Sadhana Parashar, senior director (examinations), NTA.

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