A day after the declaration of class XII state board results, some city arts and science colleges started spot admissions on Friday throwing Covid-19 prevention norms to the wind. The colleges allowed parents and candidates to come to their campus and made spot admissions to self-financing undergraduate programmes by offering seats on a first come, first serve basis.
However, later in the day, the colleges stopped the process after the office of the regional joint director of collegiate education (RJDCE) intervened and warned them. It is pointed out that the colleges were taking advantage of the parents’ anxiety triggered by the pandemic. With no clarity on the admission process, some of the parents approached the colleges to block a seat for their wards to be on the safe side.
RJDCE T Arivudai Nambi cited a direction from higher education secretary S Apoorva to government aided and self-financing colleges to ensure that they issue application only through online mode. A faculty member at a government aided arts and science college in the city said that the college management formed an admission committee with staff from self-financing programmes on Thursday soon after the class XII results were announced.
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“A section of parents and students who had registered through the college website were asked to come to the college with marksheets for spot admissions on Thursday itself. The process was stopped midway after regional joint director conveyed the directions from the higher education secretary,” said the member. It is mandatory for colleges to fill seats in aided programmes before going ahead with the self-financing programmes. But it has become an annual affair for the colleges to throw norms to the wind, said former president of AUT K Pandiyan.
While these points are mentioned in the admission guidelines which need to be followed by colleges for admission, Pandiyan said that the state government is at fault for not issuing admission guidelines so far and allowing the colleges to violate norms. Admission guidelines also specify the application fee that needs to be collected by colleges apart from other procedures to be followed by colleges.
The regional joint director of collegiate education has asked colleges to receive applications online considering the pandemic situation.
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