The Statesman, 27th July
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Board has decided to conduct an enquiry after receiving complaints that many private engineering colleges are admitting students on the payment of huge amounts of money though they don’t have the desired qualification.
Senior officials of the WBJEE Board said that they have found that many candidates whose names do not feature in the merit list and counselling list are being admitted to private engineering colleges and they have asked the authorities of the private engineering colleges to furnish all the details of the candidates who are being admitted to the colleges.
Usually, the candidates are admitted through counselling; however as the seats continue to remain vacant, the state government has instructed the board to conduct a fourth round of counselling to fill them up. This year out of 36,000 seats around 17,000 seats have been filled up, while around 19,000 seats have been left vacant. In 2014, around 14,000 seats had been filled up, out of 38,000 seats.
Bhaskar Gupta, chairman of WBJEE Board, said that they are going to submit the enquiry report to the state higher education department soon. He will speak with the state education minister Partha Chatterjee too. Meanwhile, Mr Gupta also expressed concern over the huge vacancies in private engineering colleges.
Also, nearly half the seats at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) in Shibpur are still vacant after two rounds of counselling, leaving the door open for the entry of lowerranked students and defeating the purpose of a national entrance test.