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Admission to most colleges to be on merit


GUWAHATI, June 15 - Admission in most of the city colleges will be purely on the basis of merit this academic session and as per government guidelines.

With the government deciding to make education free from this academic session for plus two, degree and polytechnic students whose parents earn Rs 1 lakh or less annually, the college authorities have rescheduled their admission dates and welcomed the step taken by the government.

The Gauhati Commerce College that has 450 seats in the HS section and 615 seats in TDC first year is contemplating to reschedule its admission for HS first year. �Admission in our college will be on merit. There are no cut-off marks and students will be enrolled as per the merit list and government norms,� said the principal of the college, Dr Homeswar Kalita, adding that the brilliant HS result of the college this year has attracted more students.

�However, we believe that character building is equally important and we will focus on inculcating moral values in our students so that when they go out, they become better citizens and realise their responsibility towards the society,� emphasised Dr Kalita, mentioning that making education free for poor students is a major step towards building a developed State.

�The education sector is going to receive a fillip with the implementation of this decision and this will definitely change the future of the State,� Dr Kalita added.

It needs to be mentioned that the Gauhati Commerce College is also going to provide counselling to its students and special classes for its less meritorious students. Guardians will also be involved in all issues pertaining to the welfare of students.

With students faring better in the examinations, it is a tough time for getting admission in a college of their choice.

The KC Das Commerce College, too, has rescheduled its admission date for HS first year. The principal of the college, Dr Ghanashyam Nath stated that admission to both HS and TDC would be on merit and as per government norms.

It may be mentioned here that this college has decided to inculcate more competitiveness in its students to continue its success saga in the HS finals. �Counselling sessions will be enhanced with the involvement of guardians. Our students have been bringing laurels to the college and we will encourage them to imbibe the competitive spirit,� stressed Dr Nath.

On the other hand, talking to The Assam Tribune, the principal of Cotton College, Nirada Devi, said, �There will not be any cut-off marks and the admission procedure will be fully on the basis of merit. We are ready to welcome the poor but meritorious students and believe this initiative will go a long way in revolutionising the education sector,� she said, adding that for higher secondary, the admission will be according to the marks scored in Class X and for CBSE-affiliated schools, the CGPA will be converted into percentage while preparing the merit list.

According to Devi, the college students have over the years proved their excellence in various fields, and that securing positions in the final exams should not be the benchmark to judge the capability of the students. �What we want to tell the young people, who come here to pursue their studies, is that success in life is measured by a host of factors. It is important to be equipped with the lessons that will ensure victory in real life,� she said.

In other reputed colleges like B Borooah College and Handique Girls� College also, admissions will be conducted on the basis of merit.

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