Big software companies hardly show interest in managing admissions for technical courses. Sources say it is because of the last-minute hassles such a project brings with it.
Among major technical course admissions only that of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) is managed by a software bigwig like TCS. Others contracts are mostly in Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited’s (MKCL) kitty.
It is interesting to note that while the charge taken by TCS as per its tender for ITIs is Rs 78 per candidate, MKCL charges Rs 178. Also, while TCS uses paid software, MKCL is using free software.
“We would have been happy to have a bigger company onboard, but they don’t participate in our tendering process,” said an official in the technical education directorate on condition of anonymity.
“It could be because there are many last-minute changes that happen in technical admissions and as per our tender terms they have to accommodate these changes,” he added.
This year, two first year engineering admission rounds were delayed because of last-minute court orders. In one instance, the Bombay High Court ordered that colleges that were given a ‘no admission’ status be allowed to admit students. Hence, the seat matrix had to change and the round was delayed by a day.
In the next round too, due to a court order two colleges lost their minority status. Hence the second round was also delayed as the matrix changed again.
“Our contract is small fish to these big companies. It amounts to a few crores only. Why would they take all the hassle for that money?” he asked.
“For a hassle-free experience for students, where say, students could get updates on their mobile, we would have been ready to pay even Rs 500 per candidate, but we don’t have a choice as they don’t enter the bid,” he said.
At the same time, he pointed out that since big companies have a protocol for handling things, requests get stuck in layers of procedure. In that way, they are better off with smaller companies.