Presidency grapples with vacant seats
Kolkata: A number of seats in Presidency University (PU) are still lying vacant after the first round of counselling for admissions of students in the undergraduate courses ended. The university still has 126 vacant seats (almost 50 percent) in the Hindi department.”We will have a second round of counselling beginning from August 22 in order to fill up the vacant seats. The reserved seats will be converted to unreserved category for carrying out the process,” a senior official of Presidency University said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the university have pointed out that as many as 40 percent of the seats in Physics and 15 percent in Chemistry are lying vacant. The total number of seats is 705.Presidency had as many as 128 vacant seats last year and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had expressed his displeasure over so many vacant seats. The state Higher Education department had urged the varsity to take necessary steps to ensure filling up of the seats.A number of seats in the affiliated colleges under Calcutta University have also been found to be vacant. Out of 1.3 lakh seats in various CU affiliated colleges, around 40,000 seats are vacant. The CU had extended the deadline for the admissions till August 20 to fill up these seats.