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Colleges go missing on the Net

Jamshedpur Workers’ College in Mango is the only one that has a functioning website

Type the universal resource locator (URL) of any college under Kolhan University on the address bar of a web page and all you get is a Google search result suggesting something else.

It seems that only the university is ready to be tech-savvy, colleges under it aren’t. Last year, the university had asked each of its 14 constituent colleges to join the tech bandwagon by introducing wi-fi and videoconferencing facilities on campus. But, most cradles do not even have an official website.

Jamshedpur Workers’ College is the only exception.

However, Jamshedpur Women’s College, the sole autonomous entity, and 14 other private colleges are far better. They at least boast updated websites and virtual libraries.

THE DIRECTIVE
Kolhan University asked all colleges under it to introduce wi-fi, videoconferencing on campus

THE OUTCOME
One constituent and one autonomous college, 14 private colleges have complied

As many as 13 constituent colleges haven’t responded

SORRY
I agree that most colleges have not shown any interest in adopting technology. We will again serve them a reminder
M. R. Sinha
Proctor, Kolhan University

In July last year, before the assessment by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Kolhan University had asked colleges to utilise development funds and make campuses student-friendly by improving infrastructure.

“Today everything is available on the Net and youngsters believe in paperless work. We all use smartphones and can easily check any information needed anytime — be it examination schedule or downloading admission forms. Unfortunately, our college does not have a website. This is one of the reasons why the state of higher education in Jharkhand is dwindling. Even the schools have their own websites and people download admission forms online,” rued Ranbir Pratap, a third year science student of Jamshedpur Co-operative College.

Interestingly, some of the constituent colleges did have websites, but it either expired or has been suspended for one reason or the other.

For instance, Graduate School College for Women had a website, but it had to be suspended after the college failed to pay the bills.

Principal Usha Shukla admitted the problem. “We missed our bill payment date and did not clear our dues. We will fix the problem soon,” she said.

Mahila College in Chaibasa has changed its domain name and is no longer available when you log onto mahilacollege.ac.in. “We had a different URL earlier. We changed it a couple of months ago. The problem is that there is manpower crunch and senior non-teaching staff do not want to do such technical work,” confessed principal Asha Mishra.

University officials conceded there had been lapses on their part in monitoring the colleges. “The directive was issued last year and I agree that most of the colleges have not shown any interest in adopting technology. We will again serve them a reminder,” said Kolhan University proctor M.R. Sinha.


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