Kolkata: The West Bengal government has announced that students will not be charged for applying for admission to in undergraduate courses in state-run colleges .
Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said no money would be charged from students for providing application forms or prospectus, reported Times Now News.
“Let me assert in unambiguous terms, colleges should not take a single rupee under any head from the candidates during admission,” Chatterjee said on Thursday.
“The colleges can’t even charge money for buying prospectus or in any other category. Those universities, which directly offer undergraduate courses, cannot similarly charge anything from the candidates,” he added.
Soon after the minister’s statement, the Higher Education Department also issued a notification regarding the same.
“No charges shall be taken from the students for scanning/uploading of documents for online admission in UG level courses, for providing the application form/prospectus of admission in UG level courses,” the notification said.
Online admission has been going on for various colleges and universities in Bengal from August 10. The decision was taken not to put economic stress to the students already facing hard times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.