As per the CU decision, all colleges affiliated to the university and offering undergraduate courses will have to publish the merit list within August 28 and then begin admission on September 1. The admission process, will be online, will have to be wrapped up within September 25.
The strict schedule has put colleges in a fix. According to the principal of a Park Circus college, CU should have provided some more time, considering the lack of coordination over virtual medium. “It is a huge process because there will be restricted physical presence even in colleges and most of the work will have to be conducted online. Publishing a flawless merit list will be quite a task,” she said.
With no physical verification possible till the beginning of the classes, most colleges will make phone numbers and email IDs mandatory on the application form. At Vivekananda College, principal Tapan Poddar had decided to make the phone numbers and email IDs compulsory in the governing body meeting. Surendranath College principal Indranil Kar said: “The situation is evolving and we may have to be in continuous touch with the applicants. We shall make the contact details mandatory,” Kar said.
The colleges and universities are also getting prepared to hold online classes. “If the pandemic continues, we will be required to email study materials, project work and home assignments to students. Thus, contact information is a must this year,” said principal of a college in north Kolkata.
Several JU departments held admission-related meetings on Friday. The decisions will be placed before the admission committee, which is likely to convene a meeting next week. JU is also considering a proposal to ask individual boards to publish marks to verify a candidate’s score before they are allotted a position on the merit list.
“This year, we are not sure if the classes will have to start online. We will then have no option to verify the authenticity of the uploaded marksheet by the applicants. Their names will be on the merit list and they will begin online classes. So, we are likely to propose to verify their marks with individual boards by providing their HS exam’s roll numbers, at least for those who make it to the merit list,” explained a JU faculty member.