Staff Reporter

Online system being introduced from this academic session

The Department of Higher Education announces Student Academic Management System

It is to be implemented in 53 colleges

BHUBANESWAR: Students seeking admission into degree colleges in Orissa will no more have to go to different colleges with multiple sets of applications from the academic session of 2010-11.

The Department of Higher Education will introduce Online e-admission system at Plus-III level in 53 colleges from the coming academic session.

Announcing the launching of Student Academic Management System (SAMS) for degree classes, Higher Education Secretary Madhusudan Padhi said applicants could apply Online for admission into degree classes up to maximum ten options involving (college, stream and honours).

Students could go to their nearest college with duly-filled application forms and fee to any of the 53 colleges and submit it, Mr. Padhi said.

Colleges are spread across 28 districts. Nuapada and Malkanagiri, where government degree colleges are yet to come up, have been excluded from the list. These are the same colleges where Online admissions into Plus II classes were conducted last academic session.

“The designated e-admission team member will validate the submitted application Online by comparing with the relevant documents such as mark sheets, reservation certificates, and weightage certificates. Later, validated data will be uploaded by the college to the central server where the selection will be done by application software designated and developed on the bases of predefined selection principles,” said the Higher Education Secretary.

Four stages

There would be four stages of admission, first selection, second selection, ST/SC extension seat admission and balance admission from merit list. The department was hoping to complete the process within two months of declaration of results of Plus II examinations.

Speaking on the occasion, IT Secretary Ashok Meena said e-admission process involved huge behind the scene exercise. “It is expected that 70,000 customised SMS would be sent within 12 hours time which would be a huge challenge,” said Mr. Meena. It is to be noted that Department of Higher Education would do away with postal intimation from this year.

Intimation will be sent to the selected applicants through five modes, SMS, e-mail, toll free number, and college notice boards. The IT secretary said steps were being taken to make the website work smoothly at a time when thousands of applicants would be surfing during admission process.

Students could participate in admission process through Internet from their homes or facility centre put up in the 53 colleges or Common Service Centres.