New admission portal for distance education

The University of Mumbai has learnt a lesson from last year’s admission and exam-related goof-ups. This year, admissions to the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) may not be done via the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL). Admissions will not only be done through a portal, three options are being considered, including MKCL, but also will be decentralized and around 20 colleges will now act as IDOL’s study centres. A meeting was held with officials from IDOL and the varsity to discuss the admission strategy for distance education programmes.

A senior official said, “There were a lot of goof-ups last year. Besides technical issues, the rate quoted by MKCL is Rs 125 to fill each form online. So, MU is looking at other options besides MKCL. The contract for admissions may go to another portal.”