The Higher Education Department has introduced an important service for public sector colleges for the admissions in Intermediate programs (F.A./F.Sc./ICS etc.). In 2011, when the Online College Admissions System (OCAS) was launched, it was highlighted by the media as the first of its kind in the history of the province.
The system was initially rolled out for 24 colleges in 9 divisional headquarters of Punjab in 2011, and was gradually implemented in 71 and 200+ public sector colleges during 2012 and 2013 respectively. OCAS has processed over 220,000 applications since it was launched. Key factors leading to the success and quick adoption of OCAS by colleges all across the province include convenience, transparency, affordability, and requirement of minimal technology infrastructure.