Error in process may result in students being denied admission

Just a few days after a dropped course got into the list of programmes on offer for the new academic year, the Centralised Allotment Process (CAP) of the Mahatma Gandhi University has once again hit rough weather.

A major error in the online admission process has resulted in the denial of admission to hundreds of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories. As per senior university officials, many SC/ST students eligible for reservation lost out after the authorities prepared the rank list by fixing the income limit for these candidates.

The university rules prescribe that income limit would not be applicable for students belonging to the SC/ST community while applying for admission. Confusion prevails as the university remains clueless on how to rectify the glitch.

Some of the possible solutions being discussed include increasing the number of seats for SC/ST candidates and conducting a special allotment for them later. The legal entanglements arising out of such moves are yet to be ascertained.

The CAP faced another hurdle when the varsity authorities were late to submit the allotment list for each college to the principals concerned.

The college authorities had no clarity on how many students had been admitted to various programmes until Saturday afternoon when the principals received the admission list.

The university is now planning to extend the deadline for admissions to allotted college in view of the series of glitches.

The CAP cell of the university continues to receive calls from anxious students who complain about various irregularities in the allotment process. Varsity authorities have not yet confirmed reports that a non-existing college figured in the list of institutions offering seats this year.

Meanwhile, the crisis that emerged after several candidates opted for and got allotment in a course that was stopped a few years ago has not yet been resolved.

Several students had opted for this B. Sc Information Technology course that was included in the list of courses available for admission in 2014-15 in an affiliated college in Puthupally. In reality, the programme was stopped a year after it was launched in 2005 owing to poor response among students.

Faced with no other practical solution to get out of the deadlock, the university authorities have now asked the students to join a college in Edakochi or meet the inevitable outcome of being denied admission this academic year.

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