Come next academic year, admissions into first-year degree colleges will get streamlined with greater transparency brought into the process, thanks to a proposal recently passed by the management council of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
The council voted for a proposal to create a new system for admissions into all first-year courses in degree colleges wherein all admissions will take place online and the complete details of all admissions will be submitted to university officials.
In fact, this academic year too, university officials had instructed colleges to complete the entire admission process online — from filling admission forms to declaring merit lists and even payments where possible.
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The university had done so on the basis of a circular circulated by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which asked colleges to complete the process online.
SPPU Vice-chancellor Wasudeo Gade said the implementation of the proposal would happen in the academic year 2017-2018. Asked if the university will start a centralised admission process for first-year degree college seats (similar to the online process for first-year junior college seats), he replied in the negative.
“No, there will be no centralised process and admissions will continue to be done by the colleges. The admission will be done online at each college level. However, instead of each college adopting its own procedure like they have been doing until now, the admissions will be streamlined in a uniform manner. The university will prepare a software and give it to the colleges. The colleges have to first put out online admission forms and then use software to complete the admission process. So in each college affiliated to the university, the procedure will be the same. At the end of admissions, the entire data is to be handed over to the university by colleges,” said Gade.
Asked about the advantages of this system, he said that the first advantage is to bring both ease and transparency in the degree college admission procedure by making it uniform across all colleges.
The second advantage is to keep a check on whether colleges have followed all rules by keeping the number of seats reserved for various quotas and category-wise students.
Another senior university official pointed out that administrative ease aside, the decision is student-centric as it will mean that students will not have to run from one college to another to get admission forms or check merit lists.
“Actually, the university was expected to deliver this software in this academic session itself after announcement by the UGC but it got delayed. So the matter was officially taken up in the management council and got approval,” he said.