New Delhi -: In a significant development, the Higher Education Department has announced that students of any age will now have the opportunity to enroll in both government and non-government colleges. Building on the success of the previous year, the department has issued instructions to extend this facility for the upcoming session of 2023-24. This progressive move aims to provide equal educational opportunities for all, ensuring that individuals from diverse backgrounds can pursue higher education and expand their horizons.

Eligibility Criteria and Guidelines: According to the admission rules and guidelines laid out by the department, applicants who have successfully completed their ITI (Industrial Training Institute) will be eligible for admission to first-year undergraduate courses only after passing the 12th equivalent examination. Additionally, students will be eligible for UG Diploma courses based on the specific eligibility criteria set by the respective university. The department has also issued instructions regarding eligibility on other crucial points to ensure a fair and transparent admission process.

Interstate Graduates and Eligibility Certification: Graduates from any university within Madhya Pradesh (MP) state will not require an eligibility certificate for admission to postgraduate programs. However, it is important to note that students who have completed their graduation from universities in other states must obtain an eligibility certificate from the respective university, adhering to the rules and regulations in place. This step ensures standardization and facilitates a seamless admission process for students from different regions.

Admission Process and Phases: To streamline the admission process, the Higher Education Department has released a comprehensive timetable for college admissions. The admission process will be conducted in four distinct phases, each focusing on specific levels of education. The first phase, dedicated to undergraduate admissions, will take place from May 25 to June 29, while the postgraduate admissions phase will span from May 26 to June 30. Subsequently, the first CLC (College Level Counseling) phase will be held from June 19 to July 13, followed by the second CLC phase from July 7 to July 27, and the third CLC phase from July 20 to August 9. Auxiliary centers will be established to facilitate the admission process across various colleges.

Online Registration and Document Verification: For admission in the first phase of undergraduate programs, students are required to register online between May 25 and June 12. During this period, document verification will take place at designated help centers from May 26 to June 15. However, applicants who have undergone online document verification will not be required to visit the Help Centre in person. The Higher Education Department will release the admission list on June 19, following which successful applicants must complete the admission process online by June 23. On June 25, the upgraded college will be allotted to applicants based on their preferences and availability.

Option for Upgradation: In a commendable move, the Higher Education Department has introduced an option for upgradation. This means that if a student secures admission in a college but wishes to explore other opportunities, they can choose the upgradation option. In the event of a vacancy, the department will allocate the applicant to an upgraded college, ensuring flexibility and the pursuit of individual preferences.

Registration Fee Exemption for Female Students: To encourage the enrollment of female students, the registration process for the first phase will be free of charge for girls. However, for subsequent stages, a registration fee of Rs 500, including late fees, will be applicable during the CLC phase. Additionally, a separate portal fee of Rs 50 will be charged to facilitate the admission process efficiently.

Conclusion: With the implementation of these inclusive measures, the Higher Education Department aims to create a level playing field for aspiring students across Madhya Pradesh. The provision for students of all ages to pursue higher education in government and non-government colleges fosters an environment of continuous learning and personal growth. By ensuring transparency, flexibility, and accessibility, the department aims to empower students to make informed choices and embark on a transformative educational journey.


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