With the changes in admission processes for Indian Institutes of Technologies (IITs) and Mumbai degree colleges this year, senior students and teachers are making all efforts to ensure a hassle-free process. The initiatives include creating websites, setting up help desks and exhibitions introducing students to their desired departments.
The first-ever joint seat allocation process to IITs and NITs is being organised this year. Also, it was mandatory to fill up pre-admission online forms during the admission to degree colleges affiliated to University of Mumbai (MU).
Through its Institute Student Mentorship Programme (ISMP), final year BTech students of IITBombay created a website for aspirants resolving their admission related issues. The website, which was launched last month, assists students to choose departments at the institute and gives detailed introduction to the IIT-B campus. It also includes alumni profiles and views of current students about the institute.
Kshitij Jayakrishnan, final year BTech, chemical engineering, IIT-B said, “Instead of helping students post admission, we decided to create a website which can reach IIT-B aspirants across the country. It answers their joint admission process and campus related queries and enables smooth transition to new campus.”
So far, the website has received over 7,500 users and more than 50,000 visitors. Most of the queries are related to possibility to change branch, medical and food arrangements in the campus.
Jayakrishnan added, “After clearing JEE-advanced exam, the aspirants tend to choose a branch based on unreliable information or purely based on ranks. They get confused as to what branch and which institute to choose. Despite a change in admission process this year, we also faced similar situations and hence can relate to their queries better.”
Moreover, city degree college students are helping their prospective juniors by setting up help desks for admissions.
Around 30 Bachelor of Mass Media students from SK Somaiya College, Vidyavihar help cut the stress of degree college aspirants by offering a helping hand to the newly introduced online process for pre-admission and enrolment, document verification and payment of fees.
Vrudhingat Bhoir, third year BMM student of SK Somaiya Colle ge s aid, “I nstead of approaching college staff, students could freely interact with their seniors. It was of a great help to the physically challenged and outstation aspirants as they faced problems about the preadmission process.”
At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, around 15 students along with college staff and teachers set up a help desk to assist newcomers providing counselling and financial assistance.