West Bengal Higher Education Department Implements Decentralized Admission Process

West Bengal Higher Education Department

Sources in the West Bengal Higher Education Department have revealed that starting this year, any unfilled reserved seats during undergraduate admissions will be de-reserved and made available through the central admission portal. This decision marks the department’s new authority to address vacant seats.

For the first time, the admission process is being conducted through a central portal, allowing students nationwide to apply in two phases. Previously, admissions were managed through individual college online portals, often leaving many reserved seats unfilled. Colleges would then decentralize these seats to fill vacancies on their own.

This year, the entire admission process is under the supervision of the Higher Education Department. In response to demands from college principals, the department has decided that the decentralization of reserved seats will be managed through the government portal after the second round of admissions.

Each year, a significant proportion of undergraduate seats in state colleges remain vacant, including reserved seats. Last year, only 46 percent of seats were filled, leaving 53 percent vacant, according to sources at Bikash Bhavan.

Applications for the first stage of college admissions have already been accepted, revealing that some departments in seven colleges received no applications at all. These departments include Hindi, Urdu, Economics, and Botany (Urdu). Following the admission process, the education department will conduct an internal analysis to determine why these seats remain vacant. If necessary, the number of seats in low-demand courses may be reduced, according to department sources.

Additionally, the education department is considering integrating B.Ed, engineering, minority, and autonomous colleges under a single admission system in the future.

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