After Language Controversy, Kolkata's Loreto College Allows Students of All Mediums to Apply for BA, BSc Courses
Loreto College in Kolkata has issued a new announcement seeking applications from candidates who were unable to apply for BA and BSc courses. This comes after the college withdrew its previous notification that prevented students from vernacular mediums from admission. Initially, on July 3, the college released a notice stating that students who had studied in vernacular mediums during Class XII would not be considered for admission to BA/BSc programs. The notice sparked significant backlash on social media, with many criticizing the missionary college, which is affiliated with Calcutta University, for discriminating between students from vernacular and English medium schools.
On July 4, the college issued another communication, promptly revoking the previous notice, and reaffirmed its commitment to serving all of West Bengal. Sister Christine Coutinho, the Principal of the college, explained that the fresh admission notice was issued in response to recent developments. The updated notice states, "We welcome applications from students who have not previously applied for admission to the BA/BSc Major course 2023, except those from English medium backgrounds." The application portal will be open from July 5 until 8 pm on July 8. Students who had previously applied for admission to the BA/BSc Major course 2023 from non-English mediums do not need to re-apply, according to the notice.
A Calcutta University official confirmed that the university had requested Loreto College to withdraw the initial notice.