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

None of the state universities in West Bengal have adopted the Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG pattern for admission to undergraduate courses, authorities said on Sunday.

Diamond Harbor Women’s University Vice-Chancellor Soma Bandyopadhyay told PTI, “We conducted the entrance test in accordance with the instructions of the state Department of Higher Education.” “Being a state university…we develop admissions criteria following the guidelines of the state department of higher education. There is no way to adopt the CUET method or prepare a new merit list,” she said.

Jadavpur State University has already organized its own entrance tests for UG courses for various departments, Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association spokesperson Partha Pratim Roy said. “There is no way we can adopt the CUET route for an institution like Jadavpur University which follows a rigorous high-level admission procedure. All of our disciplines – science, arts and engineering – maintain a high academic standard due to this JU admissions process. Uniform CUET route is not applicable for JU,” he said.

Private St Xavier’s University also held its own offline entrance tests this year. St Xavier’s University Vice-Chancellor Fr Felix Raj said: “We’re not going the CUET route.” Officials from Presidency University, Vidyasagar University, Bardhaman University, MAKAUT, University of North Bengal and West Bengal University of Technology also said that they had adhered to their own admissions process as envisioned by the state’s Department of Higher Education. There will be no CUET-UG merit lists or councils for state universities, officials said.

A spokesperson for Visva-Bharati University said that the central university, which offers UG courses in different disciplines, has adopted the CUET route. “CUET eligibility criteria will be followed for both students from Patha Bhavan and Siksha Satra (upper secondary education units headed by Visva Bharati) and external students. But there will be a small cut-off lowering for boarding students (those who have studied here up to 12th grade), the spokesperson said.

Presidential University Students’ Union spokesperson Debnil Paul said: “We oppose the attempt to impose a uniform admissions requirement on all higher education institutions across the country. This ignores the question of the academic autonomy of institutions like the presidency. The CUET-UG results were announced on September 16 by the National Testing Agency (NTA). “The merit lists will be prepared by the participating universities who will decide their individual board based on the CUET-UG scorecard,” said Sadhana Parashar, Senior Manager (Exams), NTA.

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