KOLKATA: Several colleges affiliated to Calcutta University, like Lady Brabourne and Gokhale, have reopened their admission portals and invited fresh applications to fill up the vacant seats in undergraduate courses before the deadline to wrap up the admission process ends on October 30.
Lady Brabourne College will accept applications in six subjects till 11pm on October 11. Similarly, Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College is accepting applications in seven subjects. Other colleges, like Basanti Devi College, Calcutta Girls’ College, Shyamaprasad College and Charuchandra College, had reopened their portal earlier this week for fresh applications. “The response has been encouraging,” said the principal of a college.
Many of these colleges had published multiple call-up lists, inviting students who had applied in the first phase to take admission but many seats in some subjects have remined vacant. TOI had published how several seats in Presidency University are yet to be filled up even after four rounds of provisional admissions.
“The portal has been reopened for admission in subjects like Bengali, Hindi, Persian, philosophy, Sanskrit and Urdu. The merit list will be published on October 13 and admissions will start the same day,” said an official of Lady Brabourne College.
At Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College too, the college authorities decided to reopen the portal after seats remained vacant in seven subjects after several call-ups from the first full merit list. According to officials of the higher education department, many students scored very high marks in their Plus Two examinations as the boards had to cancel some tests due to the pandemic and awarded marks to students based on their performance on the rest of the subjects for which the examinations were held. High-scoring students have made it to subjects they don’t want to pursue, resulting in vacant seats in many subjects.
“There are several subjects where the seats are empty. So, we have decided to invite fresh applications to fill up the seats,” said Atashi Karpha, principal of Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College.
In City College on Amherst Street, the portal will remain open till October 10. Applications will be received in subjects like political science, economics, botany and philosophy, among others.
The higher education department has set a deadline of October 30 to fill up the vacant seats in undergraduate courses. This year, the entire admission process is taking place online owing to the pandemic.