HT Media’s Internet subsidiary Firefly eVentures, has launched Mycollegeform.com, an online common application portal that allows students to apply to multiple colleges with a single online application form. The company says that the service has been available through HT Media’s education portal HTCampus.com for the past year, but it has now been separated as a standalone property, following its success with both students and colleges.
Offerings: At present, Mycollegeform.com offers college applications across five courses including MBA, BBA, Engineering, Computers and Hotel Management. The portal claims to have more than 250 applications available from over 150 college partners like Skyline Business School, WLC, SRM, NIIT, Centum and Indian Retail School. It intends to add more courses and colleges over the next few months.
Features: The site is divided into various sections based on the courses being offered i.e. MBA (Full Time/Part Time), BBA, Engineering, BCA & Computer UG and Hotel/ Hospitality Management. Students can head over to the portal, select their preferred course and browse through various colleges offering that specific course along with college-related information like the college affiliation, accreditation, location, accepted exams and minimum eligibility. They can filter these colleges based on the state, city, courses, exams and course fee or sort the colleges based on the application deadline, listing views and application fee. There is also a keyword based search box which allows students to search for any specific college, course in any specific location.
Students can also head over to specific college listings to browse through additional college-related information like the college infrastructure, various other courses offered by the college, placement information, college location details, college photo gallery or download the college brochure. However, at the time of writing this article, most of colleges didn’t seem to have an college brochure available for download, thereby leading to ‘page not found’ error on the portal.
Following the selection of their preferred colleges, student can either register for a new account or sign into their existing account and fill up an online application form and make requisite payments. One interesting thing to note here is that the form-filling is a one time process and the application form remembers all the relevant details of the student if he/she intends to apply for more colleges in the future. This saves the student from the cumbersome process of filling up the application forms each time he/she intends to apply for a college, irrespective of the course.
Payment Modes: At present, the payment modes offered are credit cards, debit cards, bank cash deposits (ICICI Bank only) and door step cash payments, wherein an in-house representative will arrive at the mentioned address in 3-4 days to collect the payment.
Other Players: Info Edge also has a online education portal Shiksha.com which launched a common application form for MBA aspirants allowing them to apply to multiple institutions from a single platform. The company had tied-up with 14 institutes for the service including SDM Mysore, TA Pai Manipal, Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management, Alliance University Bangalore, Nirma University, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship IFIM Business School among others, and had hoped to sign up 100 colleges by the end of 2012.
PagalGuy.com, probably one of the oldest online education related ventures in India and Sequoia Capital funded social network-turned-education-portal Minglebox.com had launched similar MBA college application service, way back in 2010.