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University Admissions Go Online

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Karnataka is soon going to become the first state in the country to go live with Online Admission System at its universities

Come June 2016 and Karnataka will roll out an online admission system (OAS) for programmes offered by its Universities in the State, thanks to the efforts of Shri TB Jayachandra, Minister for Higher Education, Karnataka, and his visionary team.

The OAS is a software module developed by the Department of Higher Education, Govt of Karnataka, with the help of the National Information Centre (NIC) under the “Jnana Sangama” initiative. This online admission initiative is expected to benefit around 10 lakh students or more by facilitating easy admission process for various courses/ programmes offered by State Government-run universities in Karnataka and to much more, indirectly.

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“This online admission system is part of a 100-point blueprint designed for the Department of Higher Education’s functions. Of them, 15 modules are related to administration, 22 for Universities, six for colleges, 15 for colleges and polytechnics, 12 for universities and colleges and 30 for universities, colleges and polytechnics,” says Shri Bharat Lal Meena, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka, who is the brain of Jnana Sangama.

The Jnana Sangama programme has been prepared to facilitate ease of administration and academic reach for students in universities and its colleges. The programme aims to provide an end-to-end digital solution from admission to completion of education, covering all functions of the department and its stakeholders. The action plan has mapped all the functions of key stakeholders: students, faculty and administration, and feedback mechanism for parents.

Through Jnana Sangama initiative, the Higher Education system in Karnataka – 50 universities, 2,992 undergraduate and postgraduate colleges, 305 polytechnic colleges and 207 engineering colleges – will get a major boost. According to Shri Meena, all initiatives under Jnana Sangama are interconnected. The software is freely available to all institutions – private and public.

Perhaps, Karnataka is the first state in India have implemented IT reforms in Higher Education, through the University Grants Commission (UGC) had wanted all the universities in the country to implement OAS.

On December 28, 2015, Prof Ved Prakash, Chairman of the University Grants Commission had issued a circular to the Vice-Chancellors of various universities in India, requesting them to implement online admission system for all the programmes offered by their respective universities beginning new academic year June-July 2016.

Notably, it is the Department of Higher Education, Government of Karnataka, which first prepared and placed its blueprint in November 2015 for comprehensive IT reforms in Higher Education, thus becoming a model for other states to emulate.

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