16,000 engg seats vacant; 25% skip JEE-medical
Many of the 84 private engineering colleges in the state have hardly any takers so far, leaving 16,000 of the 35,000 seats vacant.
The Joint Entrance Board had called all students on the merit list for the first round of centralised e-counselling this year. Some 19,000 candidates reported, up by 3,500 from last year.
Sources say there is demand only for the first 24 private engineering colleges, forcing the government into holding a second round of decentralised college-based counselling. The authorities are taking a relook at the viabili ty of colleges that have already withdrawn certain courses on offer.
In medicine, however, it’s still a tough fight to get into the state-run medical colleges. Many candidates prefer to take NEET-II because it opens up opportunities across the country . In fact, 25% of the 78,383 candidates did not appear in JEE on Wednesday.
JEE imposters held: Two alleged imposters were caught at WBJEE exam centres at Sarojini Naidu Women’s College, Dum Dum, and Kashinath Institution, Santragachhi, on Wednesday . They were taking the exam for candidates Kishan Jha and Debopam Parikath, say sources.
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