With a view to provide equal opportunity to all students, the state government is planning to introduce a common entrance examination to fill postgraduate seats in all state universities. If this happens, the system of universities of reserving a large part of seats for their own students will be eliminated and all the students would have to pass the test to take admission.
This system of reserving seats had created a flutter among students as they used find difficulty in taking admissions as most of the seats used to have been reserved.
The Presidency University council has a system of reserving 50% post-graduation seats for its own graduates. However, when this decision was taken Calcutta University (CU) Vice-Chancellor, Suranjan Das had showed grievance and said, “Existing universities have reserved post-graduation seats for their own students, which I find archaic. A new and dynamic institute like Presidency University, which is thriving for excellence, should not follow the system. Given an opportunity, I would have preferred to do away with reservation of PG seats in Calcutta University (CU) as well." Even the mentor group of Presidency was against this reservation of PG seats.
Universities like CU and Vidyasagar reserve 95% seats for their students. Bratya Basu, the higher education minister has thought of introducing common admission test in 14 universities. According to Sugato Marjit, president of the state higher education council, “The council is taking an initiative to look into the issue of university quotas for PG admissions in the universities of West Bengal. We are convening a meeting of an expert group to discuss a long-term policy."
According to the state government, an equal opportunity should be given to every student as it is the public money which is used in building the infrastructure of these universities. "If one only admits their own students, mediocrity is promoted. The inter-mixing of students of various universities and also from abroad will improve academics," says a senior CU authority.
However, according to Nanda Dalal Paria, the VC of Vidyasagar University, “f the state government decides to hold an admission test to PG courses in various state universities, what will be the syllabus for the test? There is a difference in syllabi between the universities. Moreover, how will the students know the syllabi and prepare themselves for the exam?"