Indore: After its attempts to directly award contract of common entrance test to MPOnline were foiled, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) floated tenders for selecting test conducting agency posing such pre-requisites which give an edge to its preferred software partner over others.
One of the major pre-requisites favouring MPOnline is related to test centres. As per university tender, only those IT firms which have resources to conduct CET in select 27 cities across the country should apply.Last year, the DAVV had conducted CET at 9 centres across the country. This year, MPOnline, which initially was promised direct contract of the CET, had informed the DAVV that its parent company has centres for holding computer based test across the country.
After discussion with MPOnline, the DAVV had finalised 27 cities for conducting CET-2017. These cities include Indore, Bhopal, Mumbai, Khandwa, Khargone, Ranchi, Lucknow, New Delhi, etc.
Besides, there are several other technical conditions including minimum housing capacity of a centre, minimum candidate system pre-requisites, minimum exam centre server prerequisites, etc which were finalised during discussion with MPOnline officials. These pre-requisites, as were finalised during discussion with MPOnline, clearly give an edge to this software company over other bidders.
Finalisation of these pre-requisites was done in consultation with MPOnline because the DAVV had initially decided to give contract of the CET to this portal which is also providing other online services to the DAVV and others. However, finance controller Sumitra Mayur and one other government representative in finance committee of DAVV had objected to giving contract of CET to MPOnline without carrying out tender process.
With dispute within, DAVV had sought the State government’s guidance whether it could award contract of the CET on MPOnline without tender process. In its response, the government had said that it was prerogative of DAVV to finalise software partner for its entrance test.
The wage reply promoted the DAVV to float tenders for CET-2017. The CET is a national-level test conducted every year by the DAVV for granting admissions in professional and other courses offered by its teaching departments viz Institute of Management Studies, International Institute of Professional Studies, School of Commerce, School of Economics, School of Pharmacy, Electronic Multimedia Research Centre, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Law, School of Life Science, School of Electronics and School of Bio-Chemistry.
This year, School of Data Science and Forecasting is also participating in the CET for filling its seats of its new course MBA (business analytics).
Online registrations would begin on Monday for CET-2017 which is conducted for granting admission in professional courses offered by the university teaching departments. “The registration window is going to be open on May 15 and shut on June 10. Students would have to registrar online for the CET-2017 through MPOnline portal,” said Prof Jayant Sonwalkar, one of the members in the CET organising committee. He said that the notification for the CET would be published in newspapers shortly which would carry information on registration guidelines.
About 2200 seats in 36 courses would be filled through CET this year. Tentatively CET to be held on June 18 but the university has already signalled changing this date as it is clashing with the date of common proficiency test (CPT).
Group A: (18 courses)
MBA in (Financial Administration, Marketing Management, e-Commerce, Disaster Management, Human Recourse, Hospital Administration, Tourism, Advertisement and Public Relations, Media Management, Business Economics, International Business, Financial Services, Foreign Trade, Account and Financial Control, Bank Management, Business Analytics, MA (Mass Communication), Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Group B: (8 courses)
MBA (Management Science)-5 years, MBA (e-Commerce)-5 years, BCom (Hons)-3 years, MBA (Foreign Trade)-5 years, MSc (Electronic Media)-5 years, BA (Journalism)-3 years, BCom (Accounting and Tax Management)-3 years, BA-LLB (Hons)-5 Years.
Group C: (4 courses )
MCA-6 years, MTech (IT)-5 years, BPharma 4 Years, MBA (Hospital Administration)-5 years
Group D: (6 courses)
LLM (Business Law), MSc in Life Sciences, Industrial Biology, MSc Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Biochemistry.
Centralised online counselling to start this week
As the Class XII state board examination results are already out, Department of Higher Education (DHE) has signalled at starting centralised online counselling for admission in undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by government and private colleges in the state this week. “We are likely to start online admission counselling by May 20,” said Ashish Upadhyaya, principal secretary (higher education).
The DHE would provide guidelines for admissions along with opening online window for registrations. Through centralised online counselling admissions are granted in BA, BSc, BCom, BBA, LLB, BSW, MA, MSc, MCom, MSW and other courses. Admissions in the colleges, barring minority colleges, are granted through the online counselling. Colleges with minority institute status are allowed to grant admission in offline mode.
There are about 35 colleges in the city with minority institute status. “We have floated open tenders to selecting test conducting agency. In open tenders, there is no scope for favouring any agency,” said VK Singh, registrar, DAVV.