The admission process for technical studies just got a lot easier. Instead of making a mad rush from one institute to another, students can log on to the website of the All India Council for Technical Education (www.aicte.ernet.in). The site will soon get a new portal where students can download any information they need or even apply to any of the 9,000 technical institutions in the country.
That means students who clear the AIEEE examination will no longer have to physically submit admission applications or travel long distances to various institutes.
"We have taken up a massive task of interlinking all 9,000 institutes with the council's site to make the technical education system transparent and easy to follow," says R.A. Yadav, vice-chairperson of AICTE.
The portal will carry more than just admission information. Students can compare two or more institutes on the basis of facilities and teaching standards. "The idea is to provide a student with complete information about the institute before seeking admission," says Yadav.
Once a student applies online, he or she can track the application online. At the end, whether the student has got through, is on the waiting list or has been rejected will also be available on the net. To make the admission process transparent, AICTE wants institutes to give reasons for rejection. Students will also be able to pay their admission fees through credit cards.
There's more. The AICTE also intends to make the process of getting affiliation to new institutes, increasing student intake or allowing new courses online. The seven regional offices and the main headquarters will be interlinked for this.