Port Blair, Sept 12: Referring to the Press Note issued by the Development Section IV of the Secretariat wherein the Education Department invited applications for seats, reserved for students of A&N Islands in the mainland institutions for the academic session 2021-2022. (Published in Daily Telegrams on Aug 4, 2021), the Member of Parliament has requested the Lt. Governor to extend the last date for submitting applications.
In a letter addressed to the Lt. Governor, the MP mentioned that in view of the limited avenues of higher education in the Islands, every year the Government of India and various State Governments, Universities and Institutions allocate seats for the students of A&N Islands in various Professional, Technical and Non-Technical courses.
The Member of Parliament pointed out that though the last date for submission of online forms was Aug 30, 2021, a large number of students could not fill the forms within that date due to extremely bad internet in rural pockets, especially in the inter Islands. Apart from this, another reason for not filling the form is that the result of NATA was declared on Sept 8 and of JEE phase 4 on Sept 10, 2021.
He said that this is the reason why a lot of good students have not filled the forms for the mainland institution seats.
There are 272 seats that will be distributed through this process. Under these circumstances, the MP requested the Lt. Governor to instruct the Education Department to extend the dates by a week. i.e from September 13 to 19, 2021 so that all those who qualified in different entrance tests may get an opportunity to get a seat in the Government Colleges on the mainland, as distributed by the A&N Administration.