Online system of admission draws flak from teachers, students
Higher education minister’s announcement to make admissions in degree colleges online has drawn flak from both teachers and studentsdehradun Updated: Jan 22, 2018 22:16 IST
Higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat’s announcement to make admissions in degree colleges online has drawn flak from both teachers and students.
The online system of admissions in government colleges in the state started two years back. But, the option of offline system was also kept open.
There are 1.30 lakh students studying across 95 government degree colleges in the state.
VP Singh, president of Garhwal University and College Teachers Association (GRUTA), said, “The process of online admissions started during the Congress government. There’s nothing new in what the minister has planned.”
However, teachers are concerned over lack of access to internet facilities in remote areas owing to which they claim absolute online system was not possible.
“We need to understand that the students of remote districts of Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Champawat and even Bageshwar do not have access to internet connectivity. We first need to create infrastructure for providing them this facility. But, I don’t see the system purely based online,” said DK Tyagi, general secretary of GRUTA.
The minister claimed that move would check dual admissions of students. Student leaders, however, said such an irregularity does not exist.
“There are no cases of dual admission as the admissions in every college are done on cut off basis. About 70% of the system is online and such irregularity is out of question,” said Siddhartha Rana, former president of student union at DAV College.
Rakesh Rawat, a student of Srinagar campus, said: “Already students are struggling for admission as the colleges have limited seats. The online system would further add to the problems of students as they will have to reach nearest towns for only filling up the admission forms.”
GRUTA cried foul over lack of teachers in the colleges. There are 1,861 positions of teachers in degree colleges of which 1,500 are filled. An additional 200 are visiting faculty.
“Teacher strength and providing better infrastructure should be the mandate of the government,” Tyagi said.
The minister said: “The online system will bring transparency. And I don’t think internet access is an issue for students.”