BHUBANESWAR: In its bid to widen the horizons of higher education for meeting contemporary demands, the Odisha Government has decided to increase the streams in degree colleges of the State. The conventional Arts, Science and Commerce streams will now partner new ones.
The thrust being on Science, the Higher Education Department has decided to split it into two. It will take total streams to be offered by Plus Three Colleges to five. Besides Arts and Commerce, there will be Physical Science and Biological Science as well as Self-financing streams. All the honours and pass subjects will come under these five.
While Physics as honours will come under Physical Science, Information Technology, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Micro Biology, Mathematics with Computer Science and Electronics and Telecommunication will come under Self-financing stream. It is for the first time that Self-financing courses are being introduced under a stream in degree colleges.
The Department has also decided to do away with the second selections in both junior and degree admissions. Since the last year’s e-admission showed that 90 per cent students took admission in the first selection itself, it was resolved to discard second selection procedure from 2012-13 academic session in Plus Two and Plus Three colleges.
To make the admission process comprehensive, the Department has planned to complete it in four rounds which will include first selection admission, SC/ST extension admission, spot selection and admission after supplementary and instant examinations.
Besides, beginning 2012-13 session, transfer of students will not be entertained in the colleges after the scheduled dates of normal admission in second year and third year classes.
Admission will be allowed only in cases of retirement and transfer of Government, PSUs and banking sector staff as well as marriage of girl students, but only after approval of the Government. Since all this will be done online, Orissa Computer Application Centre will update its software to facilitate the changes.
However, individual colleges will have the option of allotting vacant seats to next eligible candidate.