Admission timeline rescheduled
GUWAHATI: The lack of awareness among the students and their guardians has led the Department of Higher Education to reschedule its timeline for admission into four-year degree courses at colleges and universities.
The State Government has introduced four-year degree courses under the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) starting this academic session in the colleges and universities in the state.
For admission into the colleges and universities, the Department of Higher Education in the State launched a common admission portal, Samarth e-Gov. The department made it mandatory for all students to apply through this central portal only. Earlier, the students were free to apply to any of the colleges for admission. However, in the changed scenario in curriculum as well as admission procedure, the students are a confused lot, as the government could not carry out an effective awareness campaign as the situation demands.
According to the four-year degree courses with eight semesters under NEP-2020, a student can apply to a maximum of ten programmes in the same college. However, it has come to light that 59 percent of the total applicants applied for only one programme out of ignorance, and 23 percent of students have applied for two programmes. As of June 27, 2023, a total of 1.60 lakh applications had been received through the portal for admission into degree courses. This has led the department to reschedule the timeline for admission into the degree courses in the state.
According to the new timeline, the last date of application through the Samarth portal is July 3, the date of publication of the first merit list is July 7, the closing of offline admission of the first merit list is July 10, the publication of the second merit list is July 12, the closing of offline admission of the second merit list is July 14, the publication of the third merit list is July 17, the closing of offline admission of the third merit list is July 19, and spot admissions (offline) are from July 20-22.
In its notification of the revised timeline, the Department of Higher Education requested the colleges and universities to contact the applicants who have already applied to their institutions and guide them to exercise a maximum of ten options in the selection of undergraduate programmes (degree courses) offered by various colleges and universities.
Till the last academic session, Assam had three-year degree courses with six semesters.