New admission norm at city govt colleges: Attach family photo on the form

Admission formPriyanka Uniyal, an applicant, with her admission form at Post Graduate Govt College-46, Chandigarh, on Monday.

Candidates applying for admission to six city government colleges are being made to attach on the admission form a passport-size "family photograph" that shows them with their parents.

This first-of-its-kind move by these colleges is to check instances wherein students have allegedly brought in fake parents whenever the college summoned them to discuss complaints or issues like attendance shortage.

The government colleges that have introduced this measure are Post Graduate Government College for Girls(PGGCG), Sector 11; Post Graduate Government College (Co-Ed), Sector 11; Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42; Post Graduate Government College (Co-Ed), Sector 46; and Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (Co-Ed), Sector 42. The sixth is the Regional Institute of English, Sector 32.

"Certain students tend to bring along people with fake identity as their parents or guardians, when called by the college authority, to report lecture shortages or any other complaint. This became a matter of concern. A discussion with the Higher Education Department led us to take this decision," said Achila Dogra, principal of PGGCG-11.

"The requirement of a family photograph at the time of admission is solely for the benefit of the college authorities and students. Some students don't tend to bring their original parents when called by the college authorities. The provision for a picture of the family in the admission form would serve as evidence of the original parents of a candidate," said J S Raghu, principal of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11.

However, the latest move by the colleges is causing inconvenience to those who are not from the city. "I've come from Himachal Pradesh for admission but was unaware of the requirement of a family photograph in the admission form. Since my parents are not accompanying me, I cannot even get a picture clicked at this moment. I have asked my parents to mail me a photograph and then I shall get a copy of it printed," said Shreya, a student of BSC (med) second year.

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