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VBU on e-path to help students

Vinoba Bhave University has finally put in place a set of e-initiatives by virtue of which over 3 lakh students spread over seven districts can now log onto its website to buy and submit examination forms, a task that was tedious till now because of long queues.

Students studying in over 22 constituent, 30 permanently affiliated and 12 temporary affiliated colleges, spread across Dhanbad, Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Chatra, Koderma and Ramgarh, can simply log on to www.vbuhazaribag.org and fill up forms, upload scanned copies of required documents and submit fee using a credit or debit cards.

By adopting these e-initiatives the university would like to bring in greater transparency in its operations and ensure minimum inconvenience to its students and parents.

Soon, the university plans to move online a number of other functions like admission processes, payments to contractors engaged in infrastructure development work etc.

Vice chancellor Gurdeep Singh said the website would help students, especially those in remote areas, fill examination forms.

“After logging on to the website, students will have to go to the online examination section where a password will be provided to them after verifying their identity. They will then be able to submit forms,” he said.

The university recognises that not all student may be equally adept that using the Net. Hence, it has planned a series of workshops in all seven districts where the university has colleges to introduce the new initiatives to students and their parents.

While Giridih College will host a workshop on August 20, SSLNT College, Dhanbad has scheduled it on August 21, BS City College, Bokaro, on August 22, KB Women’s College, Hazaribagh, on August 24 and JJ College Jhumritilaiya (Kodema) on August 26.

Singh said the technical upgrades to the website has been carried out by National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India (NCCF), an apex federation of consumer cooperatives.

The organisation has done the job free as it has been engaged by the university to carry out bar coding work to improve the examination system.

“The e-initiatives will also help to do away with corruption, if any, with regard to admissions to BEd colleges,” said a university official dealing with admissions.

He said a meeting of all constituent and private BEd colleges had been convened earlier in the month to instruct them about following a uniform system during admissions.

Singh also clarified that the university would not discontinue the manual system of admissions as yet. It would be withdrawn after around three months, by which time the e-system would fall into place.