714 colleges receive 306,366 applications throug OCAS

LAHORE: Out of 716 public colleges registered for online admission, 714 colleges across Punjab have received 306,366 applications since the launch of admission cycle 2017, started on July 27.

According to a spokesman for the PITB, the applications were sent through Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s Online College Admissions System (OCAS), developed for Higher Education Department (HED) of Punjab, for processing intermediate admissions applications for their FA, FSC, ICS programs.

For cycle 2017, among 306,366 online admission applications, 93,307 applications were submitted online, while 213,059 uploaded in the system by the respective colleges till to date.

The salient features of the system include 24/7 access, apply from any place with internet access, track admissions application status via college website, integration with the BISE results, minimizing data entry and reducing errors.

Free of cost availability of college broachers and online admission forms is an added feature of the system, while it has considerably reduced the visits of students and their parents to colleges, ensuring timely compilation of applications and merit list.

The OCAS provides a web-based facility for applicants to submit admission applications online. The OCAS is built to provide easy, convenient, efficient and reliable access to students for admissions in the government colleges for higher education.

The solution is based upon a collaborative relationship between Higher Education Department, Nine Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) of Punjab, Bank of Punjab and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).