SAMS, a centralised e-admission system, initiated by the Department of Higher Education, Orissa, leverages ICT to enhance students’ access and capacitate college functionaries to manage an easy and convenient process of admissions.
Students Academic Management System (SAMS) extends the goal of effective and efficient delivery of public services using ICT as an innovative tool. It was initiated by the Department of Higher Education (DHE), Orissa in the year 2009. It was in response to the emerging concern that most universities and colleges in the state were not adequately equipped to cater to the demand for greater access to better quality higher education.
The DHE of Orissa aimed at qualitative expansion of higher education with the initiation of SAMS. This centralized e-governance programme is gradually transforming the patterns of service delivery within this sector. The key objective of SAMS is to first, ensure that students and guardians can access the admission process in a simple, economical and less time consuming way and second, capacitate college administration to ensure effective and efficient information management and dissemination during the admission process.
The programme is supported by a well integrated institutional structure, technical assistance and continuous monitoring and evaluation of the system. This arrangement is lead by the Department of Higher Education of Odisha in collaboration with Orissa Computer Application Centre, IT department (OCAC) and Cybertech Software and Multimedia Private Limited (CSM). OCAC and CSM provide the technical assistance and infrastructural support for the effective and efficient implementation of the programme.
The online database supported by SAMS is maintained and disseminated at three levels. At the block and district level it is maintained by 380 SAMS resource centres and 30 SAMS nodal colleges respectively. At the state level, the Central SAMS laboratory (Bhubaneswar) plays a crucial role in coordinating the operation of the programme at the block and the district level. Experts from the department of higher education, IT department and OCAC train around 1200 personnel, representing different colleges, at the central laboratory. The training aims at enhancing their technical skills and understanding about SAMS and the effective management of the admission process
At present, almost 1200 colleges have been integrated into the system. This expansion has ensured in the process improved service delivery, access to better quality education, eliminating redundancy in the admission process, universalising better quality higher education and improved management of education system.