KOLKATA: Many colleges in Kolkata are waiting for a nod from the government and Calcutta University to conduct another round of admissions now that a considerable number of first-semester seats have fallen vacant after candidates submitted declarations and withdrew from courses they had applied for.
Principal of Surendranath College Indranil Kar said one of the reasons for candidates’ withdrawal could be the prevailing pandemic. “We received several candidates from districts but some of them decided to pull out. May be, they are unsure of studying in Kolkata amid a pandemic and uncertainty. These students may have preferred a college near home,” Kar said. He added many might have chosen professional courses, counselling for which were on. Of the 2,500 seats at Surendranath College, around 900 from honours and general courses were reported to be vacant. “Around 200 students, who had taken admission to first-semester, expressed their desire to leave,” he said.
Around 100 students have withdrawn their admission to Maulana Azad College. “Of the 1,032 seats, around 120 are now vacant,” said an admissions official at the college. At Bethune College, more than 90 students have withdrawn after admissions.
The scene is similar at Lady Brabourne College, where over 107 seats out of 619 fell empty. “CU asked for a report at the earliest,” said principal Siuli Sarkar. “Since so many seats are now available, we believe there will be a second round of admissions, which will give interested candidates a chance to grab a seat here. Those who withdrew mentioned they had taken up courses elsewhere.” Sarkar added several students also took admissions in other universities .
Principal of Vivekananda College in Behala Tapan Poddar said he had written to the higher education department, asking how to categorize candidates who had not submitted declarations. “There are three kinds: those who have mentioned they will withdraw their admission, those who have confirmed seats and those who have neither confirmed nor withdrawn,” he said.