Monday, 8 July 2013

Hurdles in online admission procedures - Source LT

nServers face frequent problems
nServers face frequent problems "Applications for examinations, hall tickets, answer keys and results for several exams like those by MPSC are being done online in recent years. Students have to take the help of cyber cafes in the absence of computer or internet facility. Limitations are being experienced with servers crashing or due to poor connectivity. Around 25 to 30 applications are filled for admissions and examinations in one day," said Pramod Bodkhe.
Most of the academic works like college admissions, accepting examination forms, scholarship applications and results are being done through the internet for the last two years. 
Students have alleged that this leads to loss of time and money. Online procedure has become inconvenient for the most of the students, they said.
Industrial Training Institute (ITI) admissions are being done online from this year. The concerned websites started functioning late due to certain technical reasons. The last date for admissions is July 8. 
However, problems like non- functioning of website, slow processing, applications not being submitted and other problems are being faced by the students. Also, most of the students opting for ITI are tenth standard pass-outs and largely from rural areas. They are not well versed in computers and internet. They have to rush to cyber cafe to fill up their admission forms online. These students are facing problems due to poor internet connectivity and non-cooperation from cyber cafe owners. They have to incur more expenses on filling up online admission forms than the admission fees. Around Rs 50 to 100 are charged at cyber cafes and Rs 10 for printout of the applications. The students have to spend around Rs 100 to 150 per application.
Students have been provided the facility of ITI online admissions on the websites of Employment and Self-employment Centre's websites which are helping in registering the students for employment exchange at the same time. However, the website fails to withstand the burden of clicks from all over the state leading to slowing down of process or downing of servers from seven in the morning itself, alleged students. Cyber cafe owners informed that students from rural areas are facing problems in filling up online admission forms.

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