Admissions take off in junior colleges

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 1: The first round of junior college admissions started today and will go on till August 5. A total of 3,07,766 seats are up for grabs with 2,34,462 candidates having been shortlisted in the first selection merit list.

Anxious students and their parents swarmed junior colleges in the capital on the first day of admissions.

"All of us together had been asked to report at the admission centre at 9am and so the process was delayed. Given the sultry weather today, frequent power cuts made it all the more difficult for us to wait," said Sasmita, an applicant who had turned up at BJB (Junior) College.

The college is one of the 377 Student Academic Management System (Sams) resource centres in the state. At each centre, admissions to four to five colleges will be conducted between 9am and 5pm on all five days.

After verification of documents and payment of admission fees, the candidates were given their identity cards and timetable. "General category candidates have been allotted hostel seats. The hostel list for other students belonging to reserved categories such as scheduled caste and scheduled tribe will be announced later," Binodini Pradhan, lecturer at Ramadevi Women's College, who is in-charge of admission.

This is the first time that the online admission system has been introduced at the Plus Two level.

Around 1,282 junior colleges, including 200 self-financing institutions, have been included in this process. The first selection cut-off list was announced on July 26.

Among the leading colleges in the state, BJB (Junior) College had the highest cut-off marks for science and commerce streams at 92.33 per cent and 75.83 per cent respectively. In arts, SCS College, Puri fixed the qualifying marks at 60.67 per cent.

It is compulsory for candidates to take admission in the allotted college even if it is low on their list of preferences so that they are considered for the higher preferences when the second selection list is announced.

If admission is not taken, the candidate will miss the opportunity of being upgraded to a more meritorious college and lose the entire academic year.

If one takes admission against lower options in the first selection process and wants to continue in that college, one has to submit an application form to prevent being upgraded during second selection, failing which one would be removed from the first selection college. In such a situation, it would be mandatory for one to take admission in the higher preference college.

In case candidates have not received their intimation letters, they can download it from the higher education department website (www.dheorissa.in) and report at the allotted college on the specified date.

For help, call Sanjog, the e-admission helpline number (155335).

After the first round of admissions, colleges will take stock of vacant seats and accordingly, a second selection merit list will be declared on August 11 at 11am and admissions will be on August 16 and 17.

The colleges will begin their academic year from August 23.