Indore: Thousands of students seeking admission in colleges in the state thronged MPOnline kiosks and internet cafes to register online for centralised admission counselling as Department of Higher Education (DHE) on Sunday finally opened registration window after keeping students on tenterhooks for past many days. The delay caused by the DHE in opening of the window has left students with fewer days to register for the counselling. UG aspirants, who were to get 16 days for registration as the Admission Guidelines-2017, are now left with merely a week.

Generally, the guidelines are issued by May 15 and subsequently the registrations begin. But this year, the DHE released the guidelines on May 30.

Much to the shock of students looking forward to take admission in UG courses, the guidelines – which were released on May 30 – stated that the registrations for UG courses began on May 25 and would continue to June 10. While UG aspirants were already robbed of six crucial days of registrations as the guidelines were issued late, they were made to wait for four more days for the registration window, reason best known to powers that be. From June 1, the registrations for PG courses were also to start but delay in opening of online window also robbed them of three initially days of registration.

However, they still have 13 days for to apply for counselling through which admissions are granted in government and private colleges.  When students came to know about opening of registration window on Sunday, they thronged MPOline kiosks and internet cafes for applying online for the counselling.

A college aspirant Sandeep Mishra said: “As I came to know that registration window has opened I went to one of the MPOnline kiosks and got myself registered for the counselling. I don’t want to take chance as in the next few days, there will be heavy rush registration and getting access on registration portal would become difficult.”

MPOnline kiosks owner Vinay Upadhaya said that many students made a beeline for the registration on Sunday. “As UG students have merely seven days to register for they would turn up in large numbers at MPOnline kiosks so and I have deployed additional staff to deal with the crowd,” he said. Meanwhile, Indore division additional director (higher education) KN Chaturvedi said that his higher-ups have signaled at extending the deadline for registration for UG courses after taking permission the Raj Bhawan.

CET conducting agency to be decided today

Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya would finalise software partner for holding its common entrance test on Monday. On Saturday and Sunday, the university opened technical bids and said that financial bids would be opened on Monday. “After financial bids are opened, one of the IT firms would be granted contract for conducting CET-2017,” said Jayant Sonwalkar, one of the members of CET-2017 organising committee.

As many as 11 IT firms had filed tenders for CET-2017 which is to be conducted in online mode this year. Of them, tenders of two three IT firms were rejected as they had not filed financial bids. Technical bids of remaining eight companies were opened. Financial bids of those found fit on technical grounds would be opened on Monday.

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