NAGPUR: Plans to make the centralized admission process (CAP), the sole gateway to std XI admissions in the city, a fully online system have been shelved. The local education office has confirmed the development and has already started making arrangements to kick-start CAP from June onwards in its former offline avatar.
Assistant director of education PP Nikas said, “We don’t believe that a city like Nagpur needs the online system at all. Regardless what we have here is kind of a semi-online system and it is working fine. CAP will start from June 10 and further details will be released by first week of June.”
Admissions to science and bifocal stream in state board-affiliated junior colleges are done only through CAP in Nagpur. Last year, the department had started making plans to launch a fully online system that is similar to the one in Mumbai.
Sources in the education department add that the online plan seemed a flop show right from the start. An official said, “There are many principals who oppose CAP and want it to be totally abolished. Hence, it is natural that they don’t want to see any reforms being made to the system at all.”
In Nagpur, a student has to first purchase the CAP form and come back to the counter after filling in details and attaching photocopy of std X mark list. The CAP official at the counter then keys in the detail in his computer and submits data to a centralized database. The student is given a chance to confirm the clerk’s inputs on the computer before it is submitted to avoid any errors. Counselling starts at a later date and college seats are allotted as per marks.
CAP was started in Nagpur over a decade ago and was applicable to all streams. The arts stream was dropped subsequently owing to poor response and commerce went the same route last year. In 2011, 13,110 commerce seats were up for grabs but only 8,000 students actually took the admission.
Source: Times Of India