Students applying for courses through Mumbai University’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) this June will most likely be able to apply online from any computer, instead of having to visit online application centres. Last year, when IDOL introduced the online application option, students had to apply online through designated centres.
Following confusion and goof-ups at these centres, IDOL is in the process of coming up with a more student-friendly process for this year. “We did not have a very good experience with the online centres last time,” said D Harichandan, director, IDOL. “So, were are reviewing the process and planning to do away with them.”
Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), the technical partner in the online process, was responsible for operating the 125 designated centres across the city last year. Problems included overloaded servers and officials at the centres who were not fully trained in helping students apply online. Around 35,000 students applied online to IDOL last year, while around 33,000 students applied offline.
The application process will begin in June.