KOLKATA: Calcutta University has shut down its admission portal after candidates enrolling for various post-graduation courses could not fill up the admission forms and upload the documents. The authorities said the process was under way to resolve the issue and candidates will get access to the portal by Saturday or Sunday.
The university started accepting applications for its various post graduate courses in science, humanities, commerce and technology from November 2. The deadline to accept application forms has been extended till November 14. The previous deadline was November 10.
But candidates seeking admission have complained that they were unable to fill up the form and pay the application fees due to various snags in the online process.
Like the undergraduate courses, admission to the post graduate courses too are being conducted online this academic session owing to the pandemic.
University authorities have assured the work to repair the snag will be completed as soon as possible. “The admission portal was shut down on November 6 after we received complaints that candidates were unable to fill up the application form and upload the documents. It seems that there is a snag in the server and we are trying to make the necessary repairs. The last date to apply for PG courses has been extended till November 14 so that nobody misses out on the opportunity to apply,” said an official of the university.
From 2018 onwards, Calcutta University has started conducting centralised admission for post-graduate courses. Earlier colleges affiliated to CU would hold their own admission process to their post-graduation courses. A few autonomous colleges affiliated to CU can still hold their own admission process.
Several candidates said they have been trying to fill up form for several days now but have been encountering hurdles.
“I have been trying to fill up the form for the last four days. Every time I register, I receive a one-time password by e-mail. But after that when I try to fill up the details the website does not respond. Today when I tried registering I did not even receive an OTP. Since I don’t have a strong internet connection at home I have been trying from a cyber café but to no avail. I am scared if I am unable to fill up the form before the last date of application,” said Bidisha Bhattacharya, who has just graduated from Bethune College.
Registration is the first step after which the candidates can fill up the form and upload their documents. “I have been trying for the past two days but the admission portal is not accepting my registration. On November 5, I received a message that the portal will be shut for some repair work,” said Debamoy Ghosh, who has graduated from Asutosh College.