September 21, 2020

Online admission push

Patna: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) is developing a website to facilitate centralised admission into Intermediate courses offered by Intermediate and degree colleges in the state.

“The online system will be of great help. Students will not have to apply separately for different colleges,” board chairman Anand Kishor said.

Once developed, the application process for Intermediate courses provided by Intermediate and degree colleges will take place online.

Students can apply online from Vasudha centres, cyber cafes or even from their personnel computers.

“The mission is to make the admission and academic administration process transparent, uniform, easy and economical and also curb irregularities,” Kishor said.

BSEB has floated a tender for developing the website. Kishor had made a presentation to chief minister Nitish Kumar in this regard on Friday. Sources said the chief minister was happy with the initiative and asked board officials to develop the website.

Students too are happy with the initiative.

“The system, if introduced, will be of great help as we will be free from applying to different Intermediate and degree colleges,” said Suraj Kumar, a student at Patna High School.

“Under the system, prospective students have to register for different programmes for different colleges on priority,” a senior board official said on the condition of anonymity.

“The website, based on applications, would shortlist applicants to different colleges and courses.”

Once the list of short-listed students is out, the respective colleges/universities will carry out physical verification of students’ documents.

“The idea behind introducing online admission process is to bring in transparency in the admission process,” the official said.

The effort is also to check dummy schools running in the state. After the 2016 topper scam surfaced, the board had cancelled affiliation of over 200 schools.

These schools were granted affiliation flouting BSEB norms.

Many institutions lacked necessary infrastructure and were severely short of teachers and non-teaching staff. But in connivance with board officials, they managed to not only admit students but also extracted huge sums from students in the name of making students pass the examinations.

But with the board now having a list of Intermediate colleges, admission will be carried out to only those Intermediate or degree colleges that are affiliated to the board.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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