With the increasing awareness for centralised online counselling for admissions in undergraduate courses particularly in the rural areas of the state, the online mode of getting admission in the colleges has started getting good response from the students.
According to the data released from the department of higher education, this year more than 3.72 lakh students including around 2.06 lakh boys and 1.66 lakh girls registered themselves for centralised online counselling for admissions in undergraduate courses offered by the government and private colleges in the state.
This year, the number of students are 10% more than 2014 as 3.4 lakh of them have registered themselves for centralised online counselling for admissions in undergraduate courses at more than 600 government and private and government colleges in the state.
Department of higher education joint director (Indore division) Narendra Dhakkar said, "A total of 3,72,390 students registered for the counselling from May 21 to June 18 in the state. The figure this year is about 10% higher than previous year."
While speaking about the reason behind the increase in number of students opting to register them in online mode, Dhakad said the most important reason was the increase in awareness among the students particularly from the rural area. The online mode offered them nine options which had increased the chances to get admission in the college of their own choice. Secondly, various colleges were offering new courses and the students could easily get all information through online.
Prof Shankar Lal Garg, principal of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Arts and Commerce College (GACC), said it was a good sign for students as well as government institutions in the state.
"When the kids are in school, every parents like to send them in a private school. But once they move to college, the parents want them to get admission in a government college," Garg said.
"Government colleges are much better as compared to the private institutions in the state, as government spending big sum on higher education and increasing number of online registration year-by-year is a positive sign," Garg added.
Along with registrations, the verification of academic documents of students was also going on at the help centres in the state and it will continue till June 22. So far, nearly 2.5 lakh documents have been verified.
The first list of seat allotment to the students will be declared on June 25. For the remaining seats, second round of counselling will be held from July 4 to 7.
FIGURES AT A GLANCE
Total number of students registered this year - 3,72,390
Total number of students registered in 2014 - Around 3.4 lakh
No of colleges admitting students through centralised online counselling - More than 600
No of seats available at the colleges - More than 2.5 lakh