The dreaded hour is here. Higher Secondary School Certificate exam results will be out today for 3,22,193 students based in the city. This will coincide with the onset of the gruelling admission process, which will also be flagged off in colleges today. Colleges are aiming to start lectures from mid-June this year, earlier than last year.
The number of students who appeared for the HSC exams this year exceeded last year’s count by 10,000. But there’s bad news: the number of seats in colleges has not increased in tandem. Colleges in the city affiliated to Mumbai University have a total of 1.7 lakh seats. Students can also pursue their higher studies in the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL).
While there are 27,070 seats for those who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts, 81,692 seats are on offer for aspiring degree students of Commerce. Those who have decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree have to grab one of the available 14,324 seats, while those who want to opt for the five-year-long Bachelor of Law course have only 1,576 seats.
The sale of forms will start today and continue till Thursday, June 6. The online submission of pre-admission forms will continue from today to Friday, June 7. A printed copy of the pre-enrolment form must be submitted, any day between June 6 and June 10. The counters will close at 3 pm. In-house admissions will also be conducted in the same duration, according to university rules.
The first merit list will be displayed on June 10 at 6 pm, and fees for those who wish to enroll must be paid between Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12, till 1.30 pm. The second merit list will be displayed on Wednesday June 12 at 6pm and fees will be taken till the next day till 1.30 pm. The third merit list will be up on June 14 at 6 pm, and fees will be accepted between June 15-17, till 1.30 pm.
Tukaram Shiware, principal of KPB Hinduja College, said, “The city colleges have their proposal pending with the government to increase the number of seats in colleges. There is no increase in the number of seats this year. Forget about outsiders, even our in-house students don’t get seats sometimes.”
Dr TP Madhu Nair, dean of the Faculty of Commerce, said, “There are enough of seats available in the Commerce section. Every student will get admission. This time the colleges will also start classes mid-June, which is earlier compared to last year.”
Balasaheb Hyalij, a city based counselor gave a word of advice for parents and students, saying, “This is not the end of road for students who appeared for their HSC exams. It is best to accept your child’s results instead of berating them or raising your hand on them.”
Number of students who appeared for the HSC exams in the city
Seats in colleges affiliated to Mumbai University
Number of seats in the Arts stream
Number of seats in the Commerce stream
Number of seats in the Science stream