Government sources told TOI that the directorate wants to give some respite to the students, who have cleared the state boards for Class XII with unusually high pass percentages under the statistical formula-based evaluation this year. But the policy will prove detrimental for students who cleared the Class XII boards from CBSE-affiliated schools. According to education department officials, most leading schools in Guwahati are affiliated to CBSE and in recent years nearly 50% of the applications to renowned colleges have been coming from the central board passouts.
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“The Govt. has decided that 75% of seats in Degree Courses of the Govt. and Provincialized Colleges shall be reserve for the students of AHSEC and hence you are requested to take necessary action accordingly,” read the latest letter from the director of higher education (DHE), Dharma Kanta Mili, to the state universities and government-run colleges.
A directive has also been issued to educational institutions to accommodate 20% more students in the under-graduate (UG) level by increasing the seat capacities. “Govt. in the Education Department has decided to enhance the seat capacity of U.G. level courses in the institutions by 20 % and hence you are requested to accommodate the enhancement by considering admission for day and evening shift,” read the letter, which has been underlined as ‘top most urgent’.
Considering the increasing pass percentage, the education department asked colleges to increase seats in degree courses by 20% last year as well. However, there were no instructions to reserve seats for students from a particular board. On an average, there are about 40 seats in the major or honours courses in a science subject in each college in the state, whereas the corresponding figure for arts is 50-60. Anger is brewing among CBSE passouts who will have to fight for their space within the 25% quota, which is open to all boards.
Also there is no confirmation of making admissions from higher secondary to the post graduate level in state-run institutions free. But the directorate has adopted measures to track discrepancies in student data, which created problems in providing government benefits earlier. The institutions have been urged by the directorate to use a unique ID, to be generated by the students, in the web portal of the DHE during the admission process in order to avoid duplicate data and multiple admissions.
Moreover, the directorate has clarified that the admission portal of AHSEC (www.darpan.ahsec.online.in) will be the common admission portal for all educational institutions for conducting Class XI admissions. It added that all aspiring students will have to register themselves in the AHSEC portal, using their roll number. They will have the liberty to choose a maximum of five institutions in order of their performance for admission.
A 30% surge was recorded in the pass percentage of Assam Class X state board results this year. On the other hand, in the Class XII state boards, over 99% cleared the exams, a record in the board’s history. Altogether, a total of about 6.55 lakh students cleared the Class X and XII state board exams without physical tests this year. The government is yet to furnish the data of the total intake capacity of students in higher secondary and UG courses. But according to an estimate, a maximum of 3.6 lakh students can be enrolled in first year higher secondary and in semester-I of UG courses.