Nearly 1.09 lakh examinees would appear in the West Bengal
Joint Entrance Examination (WBJEE) in 2009. The WBJEE would take place on April 19, 2009. Presently higher secondary examinations are going on.
This is a historic step taken by the Left Front government before the Lok Sabha elections. To woo the new generation, such a big leap in the educational sector is remarkable.
But it would not violate the election code of conduct as the Left Front government had approved this before the announcement of the election dates.
The engineering seats in this state have been gradually rising in the last few years to prevent the migration of meritorious students to other states like Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka
and Maharashtra, which have many reputed private engineering colleges.
Even many students from other neighbouring states like Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Bihar, Sikkim
are now coming to West Bengal for getting higher education.
The state education ministry is presently trying their best to upgrade all the engineering institutes to the A level. A state body has also been established to supervise the recruitment of qualified lecturers and professors, adequate infrastructure and practical classes.
The teacher-student ratio in all the private engineering colleges in West Bengal is 1:14, which is 1:30 in many engineering colleges outside the state. The All India
Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approves the teacher-student ratio of 1:15.