EDUCATION: Students lots, seats few for UG courses

EDUCATION: Students lots, seats few for UG courses – the culture of corrupt misinformation even in education by Bengal and the Centre condones it ?!!

The shell of a Kalimpong Junta College, that Bengal is still trying to snatch away from the hills - ever wondered why ?!!


Siliguri, June 7: More than 10,000 students who cleared Class XII exams this year will not be able to make it to seven colleges in and around Siliguri, where around 5,000 seats are offered in various graduation courses.

While 8,906 students cleared the Higher Secondary exams in Darjeeling district, another 1,134 examinees passed CBSE Class XII in Siliguri subdivision.

But the number of total seats in the seven colleges remains the same. While 3,653 students can pursue humanity subjects, 1,231 applicants can study in commerce stream. There are only 291 seats in science subjects.

Although around 4,500 seats (with shabby and neglected infrastructure ?!!) are available at the 11 colleges in the three hill subdivisions, many students there prefer to study in the institutions in the plains. (forced to leave their homes for the heat of the plains ?!!)

Every year hundreds of seats lie vacant in hill colleges, (Bengal ever wonder why … as it does not regularise hill teachers and the Bengal teachers on the payroll don’t even turn up ?!!) while the institutions in Siliguri struggle to accommodate thousands of applicants.

“A large number of students have cleared the ISC exams also. It is true that some students go to cities for higher studies, but most children prefer to continue education in their hometowns. We are apprehending a rush this year too, but we have to stick to the North Bengal University rules which bar institutions from taking in even a single extra student,” said Ruma Bhowmik Sengupta, the principal of Siliguri Women’s College.

The forms will be distributed from tomorrow at the college, which offers courses in humanities.

“We have 250 seats in honours and another 250 in general,” Sengupta said.

At Bagdogra College, the form distribution began today and will continue till June 12.

“The pressure will be there but we can take students only according to our seating capacity. We have 495 seats in honours — 385 for humanities and 110 for commerce,” said principal Ranjit Das.

Siliguri College of Commerce that can accommodate 650 students in the first year will start the form distribution on June 15. “There are 200 seats for accounts and management in honours and 450 for BCom in general,” said the principal, Ashim Mukherjee.

Surya Sen College has 115 seats for commerce (honours), 30 for science (honours) and 285 for humanities (honours). In the general category, the college has 100 seats for science, 460 for humanities and 350 for commerce. The forms will be distributed from today till June 15.

Munshi Prem Chand College can accommodate around 400 students in five humanity subjects (general).

While Siliguri College can admit around 1,100 students for courses in humanities and science (honours and general), Naxalbari College’s intake is 450.


SPORTS: Sikkim teen on World Cup trip – Bhaichung boy in national team – no search for more Sunil Chhettri boys in Darjeeling by Bengal ?!!

Subham Basnett at St Xavier’s grounds in Pakyong. (Photo by Prabin Khaling)


Gangtok, June 7: A Sikkim teenager will fly to South Africa on June 14 to catch some live action of World Cup 2010 and to play a series of matches against teams from Brazil, Italy and Holland as part of an exposure trip.

Another proud product of Search for More Bhaichungs scheme of the Sikkim government, Subham Basnett, 15, has been selected by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the national Under-16 team. He had been inducted into Namchi Sports Hostel, the junior football academy of the state government, in 2006 under the scheme.

The boy was among the eight players of the hostel picked up by Air Force School, New Delhi, in 2008 after their performances in the Subroto Cup in the national capital.

Menla Ethenpa, the general secretary of the Sikkim Football Association, said: “The AIFF is sending an Under-16 team to South Africa. We are very proud that Basnett is from our state. It will be a precious trip for him as he and the other boys will get exposure in an international level. I wish him all the best and hope that more such talents emerge from our state.”

Subham, who is currently at his home in Pachey Samsing in Pakyong, East Sikkim, said he and the other members of the national team would be flying to South Africa from Mumbai on June 14 for a week-long exposure trip.

He is currently studying in Class IX under a scholarship at Air Force School, where he is also getting football training.

A central mid-fielder, Subham said he had been selected to the national team during an AIFF camp in Goa last month. He is the lone Sikkim boy to make it to the national team.

“We will have a camp with teams from several countries and play matches against some of them. The Indian team is included in a group that has members like Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Pacific Islands, Holland, Switzerland and the USA,” said Subham.

“There are other events like dribbling competition, free kick challenge, 5-side matches, penalty shots and ball juggling for the teams. We will watch some World Cup matches as well and I am waiting for the matches involving Brazil or Spain,” he added.

The boy’s father, B.K. Basnett, a teacher at a local primary school, said: “My son is at home for a short break and I have to shop for items mentioned on the list given to him by the AIFF. On June 12, he will be leaving for Delhi, where his travel papers are being processed.”

Basnett, who himself was a footballer when he was young, said prayers of all had seen Subham doing well in pursuing the football dream. “I used to train him ever since he was 2-3 years old,” said the proud father.


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