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Visas stuck, colleges launch short courses

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Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4

As thousands of students who were planning to go abroad for their studies are stuck here, colleges in Doaba are expecting higher enrolments this session.

To attract students, most colleges here have started online registration in advance. And many of them have even launched one-year skill-based programmes.

Deadline for meritorious schools extended

  • The state government has extended the registration date for admission to Class XI in meritorious schools during the 2020-21 academic session.
  • This decision has been taken in compliance with the instructions issued from time to time by the Centre and state government in the wake of Covid.

Take the example of CT Group of Institutions. It has started one-year courses in networking management and hospitality.

"Students, who have cleared IELTS, won't be able to join colleges in Canada or other counties for at least a year. So we have started short courses. Today, students want short, crisp and to-the-point programmes rather than traditional degrees," said Manbir Singh, Managing Director, CT Group of Institutions.

He is hopeful of the enrolment rising slightly.

Anshu Kataria of the Aryans Group of Colleges has his reservations on this. "The Canadian government made some relaxations recently, which makes me wary. Canada may allow Indian students to study online for a year. If this happens, the admission in my colleges will be affected," he said.

There are, however, some college principals who are least hopeful of students staying back and taking admission in local colleges.

"The students are restless to go to Canada. As they have made up their mind to study abroad, even the Covid-19 outbreak cannot stop them from going. My college offers short courses in cosmetology and sound technology, but no Canadian aspirant will take admission in these programmes," says Dr Sucharita, principal, Apeejay College.

DAV Institute of Engineering principal Dr Manoj Kumar agrees with her. "There is no point giving admission to a student who has taken admission in a foreign college. If we do so, a student with no foreign plans will miss out on a seat. We don't want that. A serious student will remain with us for the entire duration of the course and generate revenue for us, while a Canadian aspirant will leave the course in between."

from The Tribune

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