KOLKATA: Autonomous colleges in the city will start the second phase of undergraduate admission from next week by publishing the provisional lists and date and time for online interview with shortlisted candidates.
The higher education department on Friday postponed the deadline for application to undergraduate courses to August 27 but it is not binding on autonomous colleges, which are affiliated to Calcutta University but have the freedom to conduct admissions on their own and to take administrative decisions. Many of these colleges started inviting applications much earlier and have already started screening candidates.

Since the autonomous institutes will not wait for the revised application deadline, they will start publishing multiple merit lists over the next few days, depending on the vacancies in their undergraduate programmes.
“On Monday, the college will publish the list of students selected for online interview in certain subjects, including English and physics. After the online interaction is completed, selected candidates will be asked to submit admission fees on virtual platforms. The dates will be shared accordingly,” said Swami Shastrajnananda, principal of Ramakrishna Mission Residential College (Autonomous), Narendrapur. “All the information will be available on college website.”
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, affiliated to Calcutta University but an autonomous institute, will publish the initial merit list on August 22. “The online viva voce will be held between August 24 and August 28. Some departments have also decided to screen students on the basis of Class X and Class XII board results,” said Swami Ekachittananda, principal of the college. The last date of online application for the institute was August 14. The number of undergraduate seats at the college is around 200.
St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata ,will publish the first list at 5pm on August 23 and admissions will be held between August 24 and August 27. “The second merit list will be published on September 3,” said an official.
Many of these institutes have screened students by conducting admission tests or online interviews though the government ruled out any entrance test or interview to admit undergraduate students to non-autonomous institutes. The government has said that colleges and universities here will have to admit students, based on their Class XII marks.