With the declaration of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) results, the race for securing a seat in Std XI has begun. The management of numerous city colleges are under stress as the government has asked them to complete admission under the management, minority and in-house quota before June 21.
The objective of this step is to be able to track each candidate, who will be given a unique registration number. This decision was taken after several complaints of malpractices were reported. This year, every candidate has to register in the centralised process run by the office of Deputy Director of Education (DyDE).
However, the city colleges want to keep their management quota seats until the end of the admission season, as per the general norm.
“Management quota is every college administration’s right. This has to remain with us till the end. Nobody applies for management quota seats at the beginning because everybody will try to get through the centralised process.
Those who do not get the desired admission, they look at management quota as an option,” said Dr T A Shivare, Chairman of Association of non-government and minority college principals.
According to colleges, there is pressure regarding management seats, especially at the end of the admissions. So, the Principals’ association will take this up with the education minister and ask him to let the management quota admission stay with them at least till the middle of the completion of admission process.
A senior member from the association who is also principal of a reputed south Bombay college, said, “Most of the times the requests are from ministers and alike for management quota seats, which we can’t deny. How else are the colleges supposed to cope with this if the seats are already filled,” adding that such requests begin only after the centralised process is half-done. “In this case it cannot be locked before centralised process,” he continued.
However, there is still confusion among few colleges if remaining management quota admissions have to be sealed after June 21 or only details have to be uploaded to track candidates.
Dr Kiran Mangaonkar, principal of Khalsa College said, “As per the new process, government wants to track each candidate’s admissions. If it has to be uploaded, then there should not be a problem. But if it has to be cleared, there will be issues.”