Almost after a month after declaration of class 10 board results, CHSE Odisha, Department of Higher Education has started the admission procedure for Plus two (intermediate) courses in junior colleges. This year, both online and offline admissions will be held for Arts, Science and Commerce streams in 1,520 junior colleges with a total seat strength of 4,00,643. The students can apply online for admission through the website (www.dheodisha.gov.in) of Department of Higher Education (DHE). While there are 2,27,790 seats in Arts stream, Science has 1,30,018 and Commerce 42,835.
The admission process, through online Common Application Form (CAF), has glued all the candidates to the web portal, who had been waiting long for the process to begin. The online registration for plus two courses for the academic year 2017-2018 will end on June 07, 2017.
After filling common application forms online, students have to submit hard copies of the forms at different Students Academic Management Systems (SAMS) centres. The students can submit application forms offline by June 9. The first merit list will be declared on June 13 and the first round of admissions will be held between June 16 and 19, 2017.
Over 35,000 students have submitted online application forms for admission in science, arts or commerce streams in different colleges on the first day. Total number of sanctioned seats in junior colleges is 4,02,017 in the state. The state government has made some revisions in the admission process like the number of choices for colleges has increased to ten colleges instead of six and the application fees has also been reduced.
Also, earlier the student had to pay Rs 120 for the first college and Rs 75 extra for each additional choice in the application form. Now students have to pay total fees of Rs 300 for any number of choices of colleges up to 10. The application fee for ST and SC students is Rs 200.
For helping the students in e-admission process and to provide further information 661 SAMS resource centres has been opened across the state. Besides, the department has also provided a toll free helpline number to answer any admission related queries.
Despite summer vacation, city colleges witnessed footfall of students who were seen filling up forms at SAMS centres. The students are of the view that it has been almost one month since our results were out. Government should have started the process of admission earlier. In CBSE and ICSE medium schools classes have already began, soon after the exams were over.
Besides, information on form status, seat vacancies in colleges and other key information will be uploaded to the SAMS application that has been designed by Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC). The application can be downloaded from Google Playstore.