Heavy rush but lack of classrooms an acute problem in Dimapur Govt College

Heavy rush but lack of classrooms an acute problem in Dimapur Govt College
Students at Dimapur Government College premises Friday morning. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/17/2019 10:59:50 AM IST

The 53-year old Dimapur Government College, among the oldest in the state, is gripped with admission mania as around one thousand candidates who passed the recent HSSLC examinations, literally fight to be among the 360 fortunate ones to get admission. 

According to college sources, some 3000 admission forms were given out of which around 725 applied for 360 seats under various academic disciplines.

Though a government college, DGC is at par with the best in the state in terms of teaching quality and other facilities and so the rush for admissions is not difficult to understand.

However, the DGC is still grappling with inadequate classroom facilities, a problem that the higher ups were apprised and who in turn promised to do the necessary to facilitate increase in intake.

 At present, the college is running with limited classrooms for the ever growing student population due to which it is only offering a total of 360 seats (Arts stream) for the new academic year 2019-2020.

Out of 360 seats, 20 seats (5%) are reserved for the Schedule Castes (SC), Other Backward Class (OBC), General, People with Disability (PwD) and other boards as per National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) requirement and 340 seats are open for all. 

When Nagaland Post spoke with DGC principal Kavili Jakhalu, she said that out of 725 student applicants this year, only 360 will be selected purely on merit. 

She admitted that admission time was the most stressful as the college not only have to turn down many deserving students, but also with public pressure to accommodate more students.

She said that the college had only two sections (A&B) for the BA first year, however, during the last academic year the college was compelled to add section (C) so as to accommodate more students, due to public pressure. Kavili however said this year there will be no such accommodation owing to acute shortage of classrooms.

 The principal said the college does not require any additional teaching faculty as it has sufficient faculties (60 including the Liberian) but the requirement was for “simply more classrooms to accommodate more students”. 

High cut-off mark due to lack of classrooms

Dimapur Government College (DGC) on Friday released its phase-I (Arts honours) list, 288 applicants, who have opted for honours in different subjects, were selected out of total 725 applicants. The cut-off mark for some honours subject was high for which many aspiring students were left disappointed. 

Principal DGC Kavili told Nagaland Post that selection was purely on merit and that the cut-off mark for this academic year was high as there were too many applicants who passed with high percentage. She also attributed high cut-off mark and shortage of seats to lack of classrooms. 

The first phase list included all applicants who have opted for honours in their preferred subjects. The college, which is offering honours (Arts Stream) in English, Political Science, History, Education, Economics and Philosophy, has only 50-60 seats (honours) per subject. 

To maintain impartiality in the admission process and to discourage “double booking” by toppers and first division holders, the principal said the college decided to release the list in two phases.

She explained that toppers or first division holders, after selection and getting admission to DGC , shift to the college of their choice after getting selected. If a student chose to leave after being admitted, she said their fees would not be refunded. 

The other method decided by the college in order to discourage ‘double booking’ is to hold interview process with the students selected in first phase by May 20. 

Selected students would be given time till May 23 to take admission failing which their seats will be declared vacant and given to the next in the waiting list.

The college has also reserved 40% seats (inclusive of both honours and general) for students who have studied in Dimapur-based schools. 

The principal explained that when 60% (open category) of the seats would be filled then students, who have not studied in Dimapur, would be denied admission and only those who have studied in Dimapur will be admitted to fill the remaining 40% seats. 

 Rotation class

The college classrooms are overcrowded as every section of BA class has to accommodate 120 students. According to the principal, as per the University norm (which she said is not fixed), in a semester system, there should be only 60-80 students per section but the college had to admit 120 students due to intense pressure.

To address this issue, Kavili said the college will welcome any assistance from the community, administration, NGOs or individuals to build at least three classrooms.

 During an interaction with Nagaland Post, a 5th semester (Arts) student, Khonzan said that due to shortage of classrooms, the students have to keep changing their classrooms after every period causing immense inconvenience to them. 

His peers chipped saying this also depended on their subject selection, where the students usually get 3-4 off periods in a day but have to vacate the classroom as the college does not have enough classrooms for them to sit. 

Student applicants disappointed for not making the cut 

Hundreds of students who had gone to check the selection list early Friday morning were left disappointed as many of them were left out in the first phase. 

Many students and parents (who chose to remain anonymous) in an interaction with Nagaland Post expressed displeasure over the less number of seats in Arts stream.

They were of the opinion that DGC being a government college should have more seats to accommodate students from less privileged and financially weak families.

Standing on the side of the college gate, a mother who identified herself as Athrongla and resident of Kiphire district, said she wants her daughter to be admitted in a government college as she has many children and was not financially stable to afford a private college.

She said her daughter, who had gone to check the result, secured 76.60% (aggregate) in HSSLC examination and has opted for Political Science honours. Athrongla admitted that she was very anxious as she has been told that the cut-off mark was “very high”. 

A distraught father with his son, CP David and friends, came in a small group and were seen discussing the outcome of the result. The father was visibly unhappy as David, despite securing 66.20% (aggregate) in HSSLC examination, could not make it through the selection for English honours. 

The father, who hails from Mon district, said they have been camping in Dimapur for over two weeks so that he could enrol his son in this college but was disappointed that his son was not selected despite securing first position.

Another student, Atsu, a CBSE student with 54% (aggregate) opted for DGC as his first choice of college but was left disappointed as he did not qualify for English honours despite securing 76 in the subject.

Khoshei T, a science student wanting to shift to Arts stream, could not make it as he scored 53.80%. Khoshei said he was distraught as DGC was his only preference and that he has not applied in any other college.

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