Manual admissions in state colleges to continue

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Thursday quashed a notification issued by the higher education department to go for compulsory e-admissions in junior and degree colleges this May.

HC also directed state to continue with both e-admission and manual admissions in colleges as was the past practice. "The state (government) should find ways and means to work both the systems together," the Division bench of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice S K Mishra said.

The high court did not find fault with the idea of e-admission but was against the compulsory implementation of the system as the facilities of computer and internet accessibility have not made adequate penetration in state.

"E-admission will not cause any real hardship to the students residing in cities having proper computer and internet facilities but, it will pose difficulties to those students who are living in interior parts of the state where computer and internet facilities are not available," said the court.

The state higher education department had earlier ordered that all the 600-odd degree and autonomous colleges of the state shall go for e-admission as is now being done in junior colleges of the state. The government had also taken the decision that apart from e-admission, the students shall also fill up their forms for the examinations through online.

This decision of the government had however been challenged in the HC when a member of `Save Education Committee` Biswabasu Dash filed the PIL seeking judiciary intervention. The HC in an interim order had earlier directed the state to go for both e-admission and manual admission as was the practice earlier.