The university is all set for online allotments for degree courses from this year

Even as the University of Kerala is on the threshold of implementing an online allotment system for its degree courses, the fact that there are affiliated colleges that fail to keep it posted about vacant seats is worrying the university.

At present, the university has no means of directly knowing how many students have vacated their degree admissions after getting selected for engineering/medical courses. “The trouble is there are colleges which provide the university with a partial picture of how many students left degree courses. Suppose 20 such vacancies arise in an institution. If that institution declares only 10 such vacancies and proceeds to fill up the rest on its own, the university will know about it only at the time of the next examinations,” a member of the university syndicate told The Hindu. At that time (during the exams), the “humanitarian factor” would kick in and there would be immense pressure on the university—including possibly from court orders—to not do anything that might jeopardise the future of students, the syndicate member said.

During a recent discussion on the new allotment system held at the Senate Chamber, nobody could come up with a solution to this problem. The university is all set for online allotments for degree courses, beginning this year, in 10 government colleges, 36 aided colleges, 16 self-financing colleges and nine UITs under it. Based on course-college choices of students, the university will carry out online allotments to merit seats, to seats reserved for the SC/ST students and those in the SEBC category.

Seats under the management quota and those in the community quota will be filled up by the respective institutions. Similarly, those applying under quotas for the physically challenged, Tamil minority, residents of Lakshadweep and the sports quota should apply directly to the institution concerned.

The University is scheduled to issue a detailed notification soon on the online allotment process.