Admission to the polytechnic requires a professional approach, in which several important aspects must be taken into account. Admission procedures for vocational colleges should be standardized and streamlined. Next year’s approvals must not be subject to strict hit-and-trial methods and subsequently changed. This can help avoid delays and confusion in the approval process. Clear and timely communication between regulators, colleges and students is essential to avoid delays. All stakeholders must be kept informed of any changes to admissions policies and procedures. Counseling sessions should be conducted efficiently and without unnecessary delays. This can help students make informed decisions about their choice of college and major. The use of technology such as B. Online applications and document verification, can speed up the admissions process and reduce the likelihood of errors. Universities of applied sciences should have sufficient staff to handle the admissions process efficiently. This can help avoid delays caused by lack of resources.
But all these are idealistic conditions which are not visible at all in the JKBOPEE admissions process as over 100 nursing and paramedical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir could close due to low admissions in the last two academic sessions. These colleges blame the problem on the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE), saying their admission criteria are too lengthy and unnecessary. Colleges are asking permission to conduct their own admissions after BOPEE completes its consultation, but the administration has not responded. The colleges offer undergraduate and graduate programs with over 20,000 places in undergraduate programs and 4,000 in undergraduate programs. Most are private and unsupported and rely on approvals for funding. The delay in counseling and the inability of candidates to pass the entrance test have left many places vacant. Admissions to nursing and paramedical courses have fallen to 15 percent of capacity. Some colleges didn’t have a single admission in the last academic session, including prominent ones like Acharya Shri Chander Institute of Nursing Education and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing. The colleges say lengthy procedures and delays in BOPEE counseling have put off potential candidates. They have written separately to the Department of Health and Medical Education asking permission to fill the vacancies following BOPEE’s advice. BOPEE says it is not responsible for policy decisions, but an executive body. In practice, the fate of these colleges and thousands of their staff remains uncertain.
Delays in admissions to vocational colleges can occur for a variety of reasons, such as: B. Changes in admissions policies, lack of coordination between regulators and universities, legal challenges or administrative problems. Additionally, delays in entrance counseling sessions or entrance exams can contribute to the problem. The result is financial difficulties for the institutions and job losses for their employees.
It is important to mention that most of these colleges are privately owned and receive no financial support from the government. They rely on admission fees to fund their courses. After the restructuring of J&K into two Union Territories and the introduction of SRO 505 and 640, the responsibility for the implementation of approvals was transferred to BOPEE. Instead of streamlining the approval process, things have gotten more complicated. Not only colleges, but also students going out of state means lost revenue for the government as well as additional expenses for parents for hostel or PG accommodation and travel expenses. Additional spending can discourage youth from choosing these streams as careers.
The official explanation for BOPEE’s excessive delay is that the advisory process for several courses, including Nursing and Paramedical Colleges, MBBS and Engineering, has been delayed due to a court case related to reservation issues. If the administration had given clear instructions to settle all legal matters in the department in a timely manner, why weren’t things settled in a timely manner? No such excuses can ease the suffering of students and college officials. Immediate action from the highest authorities is required to streamline the approval process.
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