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Q & A: ‘Online admissions have brought in transparency’ says Deputy Director (Education), Suman Shinde

Friday, 4 July 2014 - 8:51am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Since the education department decided to adopt online central admission process for city colleges, the system has brought tremendous transparency and parents and students time was saved. Deputy Director (Education), Suman Shinde, who was instrumental behind the process, speaks to Sandip Kolhatkar on how the system has led to transparency and other issues.

What change has been witnessed after online CAP ?
Till last year, though there was central admission process, however students had to fill the physical forms of the allotted colleges and there used to big queues. The entire process used to consume at least 12 to 15 days, however since it is now online there are chances of students making mistakes and scribbling on the forms. The best thing is that students and parents now don’t need to run pillar to post.

What kind of transparency is expected from the system?
Since it is on line admission process, the colleges does not have any role and students get their preference. With this system, the best thing is that the outside college- elements who used to promise parents to get the admissions done for their kids through management and other quota has been stopped.

Any plans to replicate this model in other districts?
Since Pune city came under her jurisdiction, I decided to carry out the online system in the city. However, if you want the answer, you should ask my senior officials. If the system is worthy, the state education department will implement it in the other districts.

Are schools complying with transport committee norms?
After a couple of unfortunate incidents in city schools, the education, traffic and Regional Transport Office (RTO) have joined hands to pressure schools. We have asked them to form the mandatory committees as soon as possible. As far as the primary information, several schools are complying with the school bus policies and deploying female attendants.

Any message to parents since schools have opened?
Since the issue of security of schools children especially girls while school bus transportation is relevant, my advise to the parents would be to see whether the school is complying with all norms. Parents need to be more vigilant on the issue of whether the school is deploying female attendants. I have given clear instructions to the schools to have PTA meetings on the school premises.

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