Minister Suklabaidya launches integrated online admission portal of Assam University in Silchar

The main push for the university to implement this pilot project was the paucity of time and to adhere to social-distancing measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Environment and Forest, Fisheries and Excise, Parimal Suklabaidya launched Assam University’s Online Admission Management System (OAMS) and Online Examination Management System (OEMS) at Dargakona, Silchar on Wednesday. 

The inaugural ceremony was virtually attended by the Minister for Education and Welfare of Plain Tribe & Backward Classes, Dr Ranoj Pegu, and Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs and Irrigation, Ashok Singhal. 

Launching the online system in the presence of Vice Chancellor, Professor Dilip Chandra Nath, Member of Legislative Assembly, Dipayan Chakraborty, Registrar Pradosh Kiran Nath, and other dignitaries at Raja Ram Mohan Roy Administrative Building, Suklabaidya lauded the university’s initiative to streamline and integrate online access to admissions and enrolment for different courses. 

Nath said, “Since last year, the admission procedure was either offline, manual or partially online in most of the colleges and departments. Keeping this in view, the university has developed a comprehensive common admission portal for all its affiliated colleges and also for in-house departments, named the (OAMS)." He added that the portal was not a standalone feature, but would cover a student’s entire enrolment process, “from admission to migration,” and be “integrated with the existing examination system.”

Among the features of the admission portal, it can check the eligibility of a student at the time of application; the merit list can be generated using each department’s composite formula; admit cards can be generated to selected candidates when a college or department conducts an admissions test; students can apply to more than one college as well as course at a time; no separate data are required to be uploaded, and all payments can be made through a payment gateway. 

A university official noted that the new system will avoid wastage of seats. “If a student takes admission in one college, his or her applications in other colleges and departments will be automatically nullified,” he said.

The OEMS will also allow colleges or departments to conduct admissions tests, internal class tests, end-semester examinations (if required), and competitive examinations under any authority, while allowing students to appear for these tests and examinations remotely through a desktop or mobile device. 

The software has various proctoring features, such as the ability to periodically capture a picture, track iBall movement, and detect the opening of other tabs on a browser, whereupon the software will automatically log out the student from its platform. “Logging out five times will lead to cancellation of the examination," added the official.

The main push for the university to implement this pilot project was the paucity of time and to adhere to social-distancing measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. The project brings together 34 affiliated third-year degree course colleges, all in-house departments and bachelor of education colleges under the system. The remaining colleges will fall under the common portal in 2022.

(Edited by Shankar Turha)

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