The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is readying up to provide a smooth application process to ensure that students rushing to get into the colleges have got their sights on during the upcoming admission season this year.
The rush to do this also comes in part because of the criticism received by the government over the leak of the CBSE papers. The admission process for most of the Central Universities is online, the Ministry is hence taking consultation and has told Vice Chancellors of Central Universities to ensure that the students do not face any issues getting admissions.
It has come to light that a Higher Education Admission Monitoring cell was under consideration in HRD, in order to follow-up on the admissions of lakhs of students for various programmes in different universities all across the country. The cell is supposed to follow up from the start until the student in the university is decided upon.
This is not the only cell. There is another special cell to oversee a special admission drive for students coming in from the North East, especially aimed towards Delhi University.
“We will take no chances in the admission process due next month more so after the PMO taking the cognizance of the CBSE paper leak. All the VCs and head of the institutions would be alerted to pull up their socks and ensure a trouble-free digital platform for the admission process with greater transparency,” sources from the HRD said.
Due to the CBSE leaks and the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) paper leaks, there were protests by students across the country and in both occasions, they were backed by opposition parties.
Sources from the HRD also state, “The decision to streamline the undergraduate admission process much before has come in the wake unrest within the student community. We are aware that PMO is watching closely also since this being elections year. The Government is wary about the poll impact on both the paper leaks that affected lakhs of students and job aspirants.”
Delhi University has changed its mind about when it is starting admissions in light of these protests and instead of the first week of April, they have postponed it for later. Last year, the registrations for Delhi University started on May 22nd.