The Calcutta University has fixed the upper limit of increasing seats in undergraduate and postgraduate courses run by the affiliated colleges. On Monday, the CU syndicate - highest decision making body of the university decided to cap the increase in UG seats from 2019-2020 academic session to 15% while the maximum seat increase in subjects under PG run by colleges and university will not exceed 10%. "The decision was taken by the syndicate in order to restrict unnecessary vacancies," said vice-chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Bandopadhyay.
"There is also a huge trouble over seats going vacant. This year we have been forced to allow colleges to re-start their admission process a second time even after the classes have started from July first week. This creates confusion," said a senior CU official. According to the varsity the decision has been taken following several colleges arbitrarily placing requests to increase seats without taking a note of the demand, every year.
"In absence of not too many vacancies, less trouble will be created. Moreover, many students leave the college and go on to study outside the state or take up engineering and medical courses despite taking admissions in the colleges. In such case too the seats lie vacant. Now, if the college authorities without keeping in mind the reality demands to increase seats, the proposal will be shot down," added a senior CU teacher.
The authorities have also added that the main focus of the authorities is at the empty seats. Allegations have been raised time and again that the student union leaders coax the college heads to allow admissions to the vacant seats after the process is over.