Move will make admissions transparent, easier for deserving candidates: Minister
At present, online counselling is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DOTE) only for engineering courses.
Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan told DT Next that authorities are conducting detailed studies to introduce online counselling for students seeking BA, BSc, B.Com, BBA courses in TN. “To make admissions transparent as was done in the case of engineering courses, the government has decided to launch online counselling for Arts and Science courses,” Anbalagan said.
A senior Directorate of Collegiate Education official said 1,547 colleges, including Science and Arts institutions, function in the State under the administrative control of the Directorate. According to him, the first step would be connecting all the colleges and having a common platform for them. “A comprehensive software will be developed for students from registration to seat allotment,” he said, adding, “Like engineering students, candidates who want to join Science and Art colleges will have multiple options to choose from.”
Stating that technical experts will be involved in the entire online-counselling process, the official said trial run of the software will be done and dummy data will be used for the purpose initially. He also said that online counselling will be extended to polytechnic colleges later.
Welcoming the government proposal, Dr S Kothai, Principal, Ethiraj College for women, said that online counselling will not only make admissions transparent but they will also not be under pressure to admit candidates through recommendation. “It will become easier for students to choose a college of their choice. Only deserving candidates will get admissions,” she added.
Echoing similar views, K Ranganathan, member, TN College Professors Association, said management of colleges could not indulge any malpractices if online counselling is implemented and broker involvement will also come down.