The Department of Higher Education has decided to conduct fresh admissions to fill up the vacant seats in degree and junior colleges.
As on Saturday, while 65,502 seats were vacant in 1,394 junior colleges, 26,059 seats have no takers in 693 degree colleges. The admissions to these seats will be carried out through fresh common application forms (CAFs).
The new date for submission of manual CAFs is August 1.
The merit list based on marks secured in the last qualifying examination will be drawn up by colleges for the remaining seats and declared on August 3. Admissions will take place between August 5 and 8.
The admission process has also been kept open for three categories of students those who were not able to apply online during the stipulated period, those who could not get seats during the online admission and those who had been allotted a college but could not take admission because of personal reasons.
This apart, students who have already taken admission in degree colleges, but hope to get a seat in a better college or stream, can apply again.
“Students will not need to apply online, but get in touch with the colleges of their choice. The contact details of the colleges have been provided on the website,” said an official of the department.
Official sources said of the 1,50,447 seats in degree colleges of the State, 1,29,098 had been filled up at the end of the second selection and spot selection admission. Similarly in junior colleges, of 3.30 lakh seats, 2.72 lakh seats were filled up after second selection.
“As many seats found no takers, we decided to go ahead with another round of fresh admission,” said Mihir Das, the e-admission in-charge.
This year, the State Government has decided to reintroduce second selection keeping in mind the large number of seats that remained vacant in colleges last year.
Around 38,321 seats had remained vacant at junior college level in 2012-13 academic year and the figure was 10,374 as far as degree colleges are concerned. Sources said while popular colleges have filled up their quota of seats, many colleges in rural parts of districts are having to deal with vacant seats.