With the entire process being carried out online to avoid visits to campuses in the pandemic year, applicants don’t have the option of approaching officials with queries in case they don’t understand certain steps. So to make things easier, almost all colleges have formed teams, which are monitoring the applications and going through queries mailed by candidates.
Scottish Church College has revised its dates so that both students and officials get more time after August 20, the last date for application. Now, the first phase of admission will begin on August 25, instead of September 1. For that, the first provisional merit list will be out on August 22 and first merit list for Phase 1 admission on August 24. “This will give applicants time to check if their names feature on provisional as well as merit lists. Bringing the dates forward will give us more time so that we don’t have to rush through the process,” said a Scottish Church official.
Lady Brabourne has also amended guidelines. According to the new rule, students who passed the Plus-II exams between 2016 and 2021 (both years inclusive) from any recognized board in India (ISC, CBSE, any state board or council) ) can apply to UG courses this year. Earlier, only those who passed Plus-II in the last two years were allowed. Last week, the college started accepting scanned copies of downloaded mark sheets after many boards did not deliver hard copies to schools. “We need to be sensitive to the students’ requirements in the pandemic,” said Siuli Sarkar, Lasy Brabourne principal.
St Xavier’s College, where the last date of application was August, 10 has announced some important dates. There, the first list will be published on August 23 and admissions will take place between August 24 and 27. The second list will be out on September 3.
Several colleges, like Maulana Azad, Goenka, Bethune, Seth Anandaram Jaipuria, Scottish, St Paul’s and New Alipore College, have introduced helplines and email IDs, where students can mail their queries. “These are difficult times. Everything has been uncertain for the students since March 2020. We have started three helplines for admission queries,” said New Alipore College principal Jaydeep Sarangi.