Rashmi Rekha Das

As many as two Universities and four colleges have come under the scanner of the Odisha Higher Education department for alleged irregularities in PG admission and violation of Student Academic Management System (SAMS) norms.

The Higher Education department has issued show- cause notices to six educational institutions including the Khallikote University and Kalahandi University.

Besides, the list includes Prananath Autonomous College, Rourkela Government Autonomous College, Kendrapara Autonomous College and Bhadrak Autonomous College. 

Although the Higher Education department has made e-admission compulsory for admissions to undergraduate and post-graduate courses through SAMS portal, these institutions allegedly conducted offline exams for the academic session 2022-23.

Later, these institutions approached the department to get the offline admissions updated on the SAMS portal following which the matter came to fore. 

On account of the same, the Higher Education department had sought action-taken report from these institutions. 

On the other hand, concerned educational institutions attributed the lapses to technical glitches.

Not only in PG admissions, but also the Higher Education department sent show cause notices to 23 degree colleges for similar lapses.

Sources said that the SAMS portal is not accepting manual backdated inclusion of the admission data, which many believe could jeopardise the career of students. 

Bibhuti Bhusan Mohapatra, a student said, “These institutions are giving admission to students through offline mode with an aim to earn fast bucks.  As a result, students face an uncertain future. Stringent action should be taken against the authorities of educational institutions for the sheer violation.”

Educationist Kamal Prasad Mohapatra said, “The educational institutions were not supposed to violate SAMS norms. They should take government’s advice before going out of their way.”

Reported by Jagdish Das,OTV