Kolkata– College admissions from next year may undergo changes with the education minister Partha Chatterjee planning to introduce bank payment of all admission related fees. On Tuesday the minister said that the state government would consider to introduce online fee payment mode to make the process even more transparent. Though he clarified that the higher education department has not yet received any complaint regarding taking money by college unions in lieu of a seat in the coveted institutions.
“From next year I would advise to make payments related to admissions to the bank. In case of provisional admission too, the colleges and universities should find out a mechanism how to refund the fees in case later the student opts for a different college or do not end up finding a seat,” said Chatterjee.
The proposed model is likely to be on the lines of Jaipuria College admissions from next year. In the current academic session for two streams – B.Com and B.Sc Jaipuria College has turned to online counselling where candidates immediately after finding their names on the merit list deposited their admission fee to the designated bank account.
In other colleges, students are called for counselling. “It is on their way to college where several impediments remain. Candidates are only being able to deposit money after physical verification is done. It is here that the minister wants to put a stop. Chatterjee wants the fee to be deposited first and thereby personal verification taking place. Also, several colleges still run the system of accepting admission fee over the counter instead of depositing it in the bank,” pointed out another principal.
Former principal of Presidency College, Amal Mukhopadhyay however feel that the only solution to allegations over extorting money during college admissions could be solved through centralized online process to be monitored by the government or affiliating universities. “Now colleges have a tradition where the admission process is administered by students through unions. The union leaders earn thousands. Had the government been serious they should have taken measures earlier. The entire admissions of all colleges should be made centrally online and only then could any mechanism of bringing transparency in the system can take place,” he said.
On Tuesday the minister met Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) state President Jaya Dutta and representatives from unions of several universities at the state secretariat. Chatterjee instructed the leaders to ensure transparency in the admissions process for this year as well as look into the complaints.