Kolkata: The technical education department of West Bengal has come up with an initiative that will facilitate admission of the students who aspire for engineering course without clearing the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

Under the move, the seats left vacant in colleges after the admission of candidates clearing the JEE would be filled by aspirants who have not appeared in the entrance exam. Such aspirants would be required to be a Class XII pass out with minimum 50 percent marks in PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) stream.

While addressing a press conference organized by Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI), Director Technical Education Department, Sajal Das Gupta said, “The aspirants of JEE will be required to appear in counseling just once, rather than a prolonged procedure. The aspirants who clear the JEE will get admissions through counselling but if the seats remain vacant in colleges, admissions could be made possible for non-JEE aspirants too.”

He pointed out that such practice is already being followed in Maharashtra and Karnataka, while West Bengal still conducts admissions in Engineering on basis of JEE only.

For those candidates who want to appear in JEE, pre-counseling will be held at Milan Mela ground from June 26 to June 28. The main counselling would start from July 1. This year 90,000 students have qualified the JEE.

Dhruvjyoti Banerjee, General Secretary, APAI, Taranjeet Singh, Chairman and Pranvesh Dey, Joint Director in Technical Education were also present at the venue.