Meghalaya: Colleges equipped with COVID protection gears ahead of admission process


SHILLONG | JULY 08, 2020:

With the results of the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) for Science and Commerce streams all set to be declared tomorrow, July 9, the government of Meghalaya has directed all educational institutions in the state to issue only online forms for students seeking admission.

The educational institutions will have to follow the directives like issuing free online admission forms for students, limits on submission of forms per day, strict adherence to social distancing in the premises, besides other directives. It was also directed that the final list of selected students should be displayed on the Institution's website.

In line with the government's directive, St. Anthony's College, Shillong has put in place several arrangements to address issues such as crowd control, social distancing, and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 during offline submission of forms.

A core committee, comprising of six faculties and staff, was constituted to work on developing a proper Standard Operating Procedure for admission during COVID-19 Period.

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The College also constituted two core committees to work on the technical online aspects and the offline admission criteria and screening procedures. This resulted in the creation of a proper online portal that will help students obtain and submit their forms online as well as scanned images of their documents.

This committee also recommended the extension of the fee payment period from 24 hours to 48 hours to enable students to complete the process more conveniently.

Taking cognizance of the fact that many of the youth of Meghalaya will not be able to travel outside to study, the college has decided to increase the quota of seats for local candidates. While the usual quota of seats was in the ratio of 80:20 for local candidates and candidates from outside the state, now the quota of seats has been changed to the ratio of 95:5.

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