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Instant admission puts students in a quandary

Syed Muthahar Saqaf
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Process begins at all government-aided and self-financing colleges on day of publication of result

Students seeking admission forms at one of the city colleges -file photo
Students seeking admission forms at one of the city colleges -file photo

The admission season every year is marked by frenetic activity among students seeking to join arts and science colleges. The admission processes in the government-aided and self-financing colleges prove a boon to some, and taxing to many others. They are made to run from pillar to post for identifying the right college and getting into the course of their choice.

The days of going for admissions leisurely after the collection of mark sheets of the public examinations had become a thing of the past. Admission process, termed as provisional admissions, commences at all the government-aided and self-financing colleges on the very day of the publication of the results.

The students, as soon as they download the mark lists from website, rush to their favourite colleges to submit the applications. The colleges go ahead with the admission process on the basis of these computer-generated mark sheets. The immediate admission in the arts colleges has brought delight to students with high marks, as they are relieved of the anxiety of awaiting for their turn for admission. The process is advantageous on one more count, as they get ample time for approaching other colleges if they don't get admission in there preferred courses.

“The instant admission process has relieved me of tension. Within a few days of the publication of the list, my son has got admission in B.Com course in a city college and all my worries have come to an end,” says Farhath Jabeen, a house wife of R.S.Puram.

For the students who secured average and low marks, seeking admission to courses of their choice becomes a nightmarish experience, because of the poor link between ‘demand and supply.' Not that they will not gain admission in any of the college. They are confused by the tactics adopted by the colleges, which instead of rejecting the application; attempt to lure them by offering alternative courses that have lower demand.

In such a situation, the youngsters and parents are caught between a right demand with a wrong supply.

Tirumalai, son of a daily wage earner, is perplexed. He had tallied more than 750 marks and had applied for B.Com under aided stream in a aided college.

The college sent him admission card directing him to join Economics course under aided category or B. Com course under self-financing system.

“Now I am confused. I have to select one of the two – course of my choice in some other college or a good college with course offered by it”, he says.

Many academics complain that the colleges are not following the guidelines of the Directorate of Collegiate Education during the admission period.

As per the established rules, 10 days time should be given to the students for submitting their applications after the receipt of mark sheet. Later the colleges should prepare merit list and give admission based on it. But scant respect is given to these guidelines, lament a few academics.

Every year, the Directorate issues the guidelines to all the colleges during the month of May. The guidelines for the current year, however, have not been received by the colleges.

Some of the colleges admit that the government guidelines are flouted. “We want to stick to it. But the apprehension of missing the students with high marks forces us to go for instant admission”, they say.

Counselling should be given to students, particularly from rural areas, taking into consideration their area of interest, competence and other eligibility factors, says Rita Shanthakumar, Assistant Professor of English, Cauvery College for Women.

She also emphasises youngsters should select the course in consultation with their parents or teachers, and not on the advice of friends.

Many students realise the mistake midway the course, as they are misled during the selection by their friends, she points out.

A cross section of self-financing college faculty members have their own tale of woe.

In their bid for more admission, their managements compel them with ‘target' and the to fulfil the target, the faculty members go out of the way to see that the students in the vicinity of their residence are admitted to their college.

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