The state government had introduced the online system of admission in 2009 for 60 Plus Two colleges, which was subsequently extended to all junior and degree colleges across the state. For the coming academic session, too, the government had decided to conduct e-admission in all 1,315 junior and 661 degree colleges.
But now a vacation bench of Orissa High Court has ruled that the option of manually filling up application forms would also be open to students.
The bench, consisting of Justice Sanju Panda and Justice B.K. Mishra, issued the interim order on a PIL filed by a Choudwar-based social activist, Biswabasu Dash, who had sought striking down of the compulsory e-admission and directions to provide a manual decentralised option to e-admission process.
The petition said the state government’s claims that e-admission system would make the admission process economical, efficient and hassle free, is not correct. A student had to pay much lesser in the manual mode because the e-admission system had many hidden costs such as travelling to a cyber cafe and cost of the Internet use, it stated.
Moreover, the performance audit of the e-admission in these colleges by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India revealed flaws in the online system. The petitioner alleged that though the flaws were reported in the CAG report-2010, the state government took no corrective steps.