KOLKATA: Students who've cracked West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations (WBJEE) and their family income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh a year can now avail of a full tuition fee waiver in AICTE-approved colleges.
The colleges concerned have to earmark five per cent of their total seats for such economically weak students.
In another development, institutes that admit students under the management quota will have to waive tuition fees for 10 per cent of students, with another 10 per cent getting a half-waiver.
Students eligibility criteria for tuition fee waiver scheme, are three fold - they must clear JEE, their family income shouldn't exceed Rs 2.5 lakh a year and they should be domiciled in Bengal.
The WBJEE board has already announced a merit list with 90,000 names. After the first counselling session, if seats remain vacant, then preference will be given to the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) students. The counselling would be held together.
The third preference will be given to those students who have completed BSc, scored 50% in HS and taken West Bengal Joint Entrance Examniation for Lateral Entry (JELET) will find a place in the first year. Preference will also be given to students who have completed their course in polytechnique, passed HS with 50% (aggregate) in science subjects and cleared JELET.
Technical education department joint secretary, P K Samanta, said, "In the next phase, if the seats remain vacant, colleges can take steps to enroll students. They will issue advertisements. The first preference would be given to JEM-2011 and AIEEE-11 students. For vacancies after that, students who've an aggregate of 50 per cent in physics, chemistry and maths can be taken in. The state government will scrutinize the norms under which students have been admitted before approving the same."
There is no possibility of compromising the quality of engineering students, claims a source. "All India Council of Technical Education themselves have set a yardstick of students scoring 50% in aggregate with physics, chemistry and mathematics will be given chance to study engineering. Here we are talking about a rare possibility only when all options are exhausted," said a senior higher education department official.
To include HS students in the engineering colleges will not require the state to amend any act for the moment. "Later, next year some changes may be brought," concluded the higher education official.Discuss Your Doubts