The over publicized Common Entrance Test for West Bengal has somewhat what run dry, since there seems to be no likelihood of the examination being held the academic year 2014-15. The nodal authority to hold the examination, West Bengal Council for Higher Education, has cited inadequate manpower as the main reason behind this.
Malayendu Saha, Vice-Chairman, WBCHE, said “We will go ahead with last year’s decision and ask universities to take 60 per cent students from colleges affiliated to them and fill the remaining seats from other varsities.” Although former council chairman Sugato Marjit was keen to pursue education minister Bratya Basu and chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s instructions to hold the CET.
The council has been functioning without a chairman ever since the Sugato Marjit resigned. Abijeet Cahkraborty had been appointed as the interim vice- chancellor of Jadaypur University while being removed from the post of the council’s vice-chairman. Saha, who was appointed to substitute Chakraborty, felt there had been shortage of time since his appointment and, hence, he has not been able to go ahead with the project. This is the third year in running when the CET could not be held ever since the announcement of the project in 2012.
There needs to be a standardized syllabi for subjects on which the examination is to be held, said one of the council sources, “The council was to prepare a common syllabus since there is no parity in the syllabi of different universities. It could not be prepared till now. We need to study the syllabi in detail and then decide to frame a common syllabus. This will take some time. It is not possible with the council’s existing infrastructure.” He also added, “The council does not have adequate infrastructure to hold this examination on such a large scale. We also lack the experience in organizing the test. Till date, the council has never held any examination. At best, it has acted as an advisory body. We had approached the College Service Commission (CSC) to hold the CET but it emerged that CSC’s constitution bars it from holding such an examination. Till the act governing the commission is amended, they will not be able to help the council.”
“At the moment, the council has around 20 full-time officials. It is not possible to hold the examination with such poor manpower any way,” added the source.