Hyderabad: The impasse over online admissions to Intermediate first year has finally been resolved with the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) deciding to go offline this year too.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, BIE Secretary Dr A Ashok said there was a need to create awareness among student, parents, lecturers and principals of the junior colleges before going online.
Also, as the classwork has already begun, there was little time to go online and there were logistics issues as well, he said. “The admissions will be held offline this year,” he said, adding that the Board will explore the possibility of holding online admissions from next year. The Board intends to study admissions into various degree courses through Degree Online Services, Telangana (DOST) before taking a call on the online process.
For the online admissions to take off, private junior college managements had urged the Board to hike the fee. The college managements association had asked the Board to fix a minimum of Rs 6,000 for arts and commerce for colleges at the mandal level, Rs 9,000 at municipality and Rs 13,000 under the municipality corporation area. In the case of science stream, it sought a minimum fee of Rs 12,000 at the mandal level, Rs 15,000 at municipality and Rs 20,000 under municipality corporation. “The Board will explore the burden on the government if the fee is hiked,” he said.
According to the notification, sale of application forms has begun and the last date for submission is June 30. The admissions in the first phase and classwork will commence from June 12. The last date for completion of admission in the first phase is June 30. From this year, Aadhaar is mandatory for admissions.
There are a total of 2,427 junior colleges, including 826 government and 1,601 private, in the State and the Board has so far given affiliations to 800 colleges. “This time, the affiliation process is being done online. Officials of the Board inspect the college before giving affiliation,” he said. It intends to upload the details of all the colleges with affiliation status on its website.
Mid-day meal likely in junior colleges
Hyderabad: The Board of Intermediate Education is exploring the possibility of implementing the Mid-Day Meal scheme in government junior colleges across the State. “We have already written to the Union government in this regard,” said Dr A Ashok, Secretary, BIE.
It may be mentioned that even before the government had launched the scheme, several college principals had started it for the benefit of students.
For instance, Government Junior College, Godavarikhani, is implementing the scheme with the support of lecturers and local leaders. In some colleges, the scheme has increased the pass percentage.