Cloud is all-pervasive and is an integral part of our everyday life. Almost every organization, regardless of their niche, is adopting the cloud for varied aspects of their operation. The latest to join this bandwagon is universities, led by Punjab University of India.
This university will hold its online admissions for the next academic season through a cloud-based online admission management tool. This process will be followed, both in its main campus as well as in its regional centers.
Students who wish to submit their applications to the Punjab University have to register online in the university’s portal, after which they will get an email ID and password. These login credentials have to be used throughout the admission process. In fact, this will be the preferred form of application submission and based on the details, the university will make admission decisions.
However, there are some restrictions that have been put in place by the university’s syndicate to ensure that the admission process is streamlined and in tune with its changing rules. For example, students cannot apply for more than four courses in the same application form. Based on a student’s credentials and marks, the university will award a particular course for each student.
So, why did the university take the cloud route for its admissions? According to its Registrar, G S Chadha, the admission process is one of most arduous processes in the university as it takes many weeks to complete it. With a cloud-based software, the university believes it can complete the admission process within a much shorter time than before, thereby saving more resources including time and money.
In general, the admission process in India is a drawn out affair because students apply for many courses in the same university. The manual process of entering the student’s name under each course, updating details such as marks and analyzing whether the students meets the criteria for a given course is effort-centric and time-consuming to say the least.
To top it, India has a unique reservation system where students belonging to certain caste categories have to be given seats even if their marks are lower than the average. For example, a student belonging to a reserved caste category may have a cut off marks of just 60 when compared to a student who doesn’t belong to that reserved caste, as he may have a cut off mark of 90. So, this factor also has to be considered and this complicates the process by leaps and bounds.
Punjab University believes that a cloud tool will greatly ease this process and will reduce the burden for university authorities.
In addition, it’s also beneficial for students because they get to know their admission status in Punjab University, based on which they can decide if they want to study here or look for admission elsewhere.
Overall, such applications bring out the true power of cloud as it benefits people in a real sense. Let’s hope such applications cloud so that every single entity is benefitted by it in some way.