WBJEEB to refund application fee for cancelled examination – education

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West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board (WBJEEB) has determined to refund the application fee for the cancelled Presidency University Bachelors Degree Entrance Test (PUBDET), a notification said.

Students’ Federation of India (SFI)-controlled Presidency University Students’ Union and rival Independents’ Consolidation (IC) students’ bodies had demanded instant refund of Rs 500 taken as application fee from every candidate.

“The PUBDET 2020 examination and counselling that have been to be conducted by WBJEEB were cancelled because of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. WBJEEB will shortly arrange to refund the application fee for the examination paid by the candidates,” the board said in a notification on Wednesday.

Presidency University Students’ Council (PUSC) president Mimosa Ghorai and other office-bearers had earlier sent a letter to the WBJEEB chairman pointing out that though the cancellation notice had been published on August 13, there used to be delay in notifying that the amount for the application forms would be refunded to students which would have helped them in the “economically tough times”.

In a separate remark, the IC said, “Following the movement organised by Independents’ Consolidation, The WBJEEB has after all issued an official notification regarding refund of application fee for the cancelled PUBDET examinations”.

The amount will be refunded in the bank account of the student concerned and a message will be sent accordingly, a university source said.

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