Mumbai FYJC admissions: Students are pleading, offering money for seats

Principals of renowned city colleges say they are still receiving applications from children desperately trying to get into reputed institutes; claim some of the applicants are offering money to secure admission despite unavailability of seats

On one hand, colleges are busy hosting welcome parties, conducting regular lectures and introducing children to the new campus with the commencement of the new academic year for the first year of junior college.

Indu Shahani, principal of H R College, Churchgate said that like every year, this year too, a vast number of students scored more than 85 per cent but could not make it to the top colleges, which has left them dejected.  File pic for representationIndu Shahani, principal of H R College, Churchgate said that like every year, this year too, a vast number of students scored more than 85 per cent but could not make it to the top colleges, which has left them dejected. File pic for representation

On the other, there are countless who are still running from pillar to post to seek admission at renowned institutions. “Like every year, hundreds of students are approaching us to accommodate them. But there are no seats left, which these children fail to understand,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College, Vile Parle.

She added that while there are a few applications from degree college aspirants, most of the requests come for admission to Std XI. “The demand for Commerce is high across city colleges. It’s really sad to see that while our students have already started attending lectures, there are many who are still struggling to find a college,” she added.

No seats
Commenting on the issue, principals from some renowned city colleges claimed they are receiving admission requests from students on a daily basis and almost all are being turned down due to unavailability of seats. “The problem is not that the students don’t have a seat, it is about not having them in reputed institutes.

This struggle to secure admission in the top 10 to 15 colleges is a big problem,” said the principal of a college in Bandra. He claimed that many of the students who approached for admissions offered money for seats, but their offers were rejected immediately.

“Despite conveying to the students about the lack of seats, we are still receiving admission requests. Though we feel sad to shatter their hopes, we can’t have crowded classrooms,” said Indu Shahani, principal of H R College, Churchgate.

She added that like every year, this year too a vast number of students scored more than 85 per cent but could not make it to the top colleges, which has left them unhappy. “It’s worse when parents come to our office, begging for seats and we have to turn down their pleas as well.

We feel bad to send them away, but we are helpless. I feel the office of deputy director of education needs to give another look into the online junior college admissions process to solve this problem,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of R A Podar College, Matunga.

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