40% Of The Aspirants For West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination Will Be From The Outside States
The WBJEE (West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination) will have 2 out of 5 applicants from outside the state for appearing the exam this academic year. The ratio is considered to be the highest until now. Prior to this year, the majority of the candidates were from Jharkhand and Bihar while 1/3rd of the candidates were from the outside state.
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination scheduled in April this year has nearly 1,25,075 total number of engineering candidates while 40% of the applicants are from the outside state. Prior to this year, nearly 1,17,544 candidates or 36% were from the outskirts of Bengal.
The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination had stated, the applicants that come from Bengal will be allotted with exam halls that are located at a distance of 30 minutes from the form filled locations. There are has been a recent development of 100 extra exam centers to increase the number by 399 by the board from this academic year.
Malayendu Saha, the chairman of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination board commenting on the higher percentage of outside state students and a sharp rise in applications at WBJEE mentioned that regarding brain drain, there are frequent criticisms. He further stated that the young generation today is not interested in engineering steam as the seats in the colleges are vacant.
He further mentions that it’s their 1st time to observe that most of the applicants are out of Bengal but are keen on taking up their studies here. Partha Pratim Biswas, the professor of construction engineering at Jadavpur University mentions that for engineering colleges that catchment area in Bengal was initially in Sikkim, Bihar, and Jharkhand.
He further stated that in private colleges there is no scope left for engineering studies or other options beyond the boundaries of Bengal. It is also not fair to make the seats available for the candidates of engineering that were empty until the year 2017. An official from the board stated that this year the number of candidates applied for engineering college admissions has given a clear picture of the demand for technology courses in the state.