Higher edu dept processes 6k college admissions in a day

Higher edu dept processes 6k college admissions in a day
Higher Education Dept, Govt of Goa processes 6k college admissions in a day through Samarth eGov portal (Times of India)

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Panaji: The directorate of higher education (DHE) has already  processed 6,000 admissions for the first year (FY) degree  programmes through its centralised college admission portal  for the 2024-25 academic year. In recent years  the entire admission process has been centralised  through the common Samarth eGov portal, including  selection of subjects and payment of fees.

However several colleges have also conducted counselling  sessions offline for students who faced difficulties in  choosing subjects or filling forms online.  “We have received an overwhelming response of over 9,000  registrations, and 6,000 admissions have been  completed on the Samarth eGov portal on the very first day of admissions”, said Mahadev Gawas,  nodal officer for Samarth, DHE.

“The site is centralised and enables students to perform one time registration and apply to multiple colleges.  It is extremely user-friendly and free of charge,” Gawas said.   Over 40 colleges and 38 different programmes can be availed  through the Samarth portal. It ensures  uniformity and ease of application across colleges.

“We have tried to customise the site to meet the state policies and student needs, with informative  videos and guidelines regarding NEP and admissions.  DHE has also arranged help-desks and helplines at both the college and DHE level,” said Gawas.

“We have received over 500 applications for our BCom and BBA  programmes. The admissions are full within the first 12 hours.  We have set up a help-desk and computer lab at colleges for queries and are also in touch with DHE for  updates,” said Manoj Kamat, principal, Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Cujira.

New Education Policy (NEP) recommendations introduced in Goa  at the degree level since the last academic year  have necessitated several changes.  Kamat said that with NEP, students can now move beyond  watertight compartments of streams and subjects.  “Our commerce students, for instance, can now choose amongst four major subjects, along with several interdisciplinary minor subjects like management and skill enhancement,” he said.