Students seeking admission to junior colleges neglect Arts for Science and Commerce streams
On the last day of completing online forms for Std XI centralised admission procedure (CAP), a total of 60,303 students submitted their junior college preferences yesterday. Though stream-wise bifurcation has not yet been generated by the CAP committee, Science and Commerce are in demand this year too, as Arts continues to lose its charm for the city (see box).
Stream 2013 2014 Difference
>> Arts 12,140 10,840 1,300 (Drop)
>> Commerce 26,920 28,715 1,795 (Rise)
>> Science 25,440 28,110 2,670 (Rise)
“Most of the new proposals to start self-finance junior colleges are for Science and Commerce streams. With these proposals, 2,080 Science seats and 1,600 Commerce seats have been added this year in the CAP,” Balasaheb Ovhal, assistant director, Pune division (education), said.
Timetable of Std XI centralised admission procedure (CAP)
|June 28|| First merit list to get published
|June 30-July 2||Secure admissions according to list
|July 5|| Second merit list to get published
|July 7-8||Secure admissions according to list|
|July 11||Third merit list to get published|
|July 12-14||Secure admissions as per list|
|July 15||Junior colleges start (Std XI)|
With the SSC passing percentage declared the highest ever in 2014, city’s reputable junior colleges have indicated that the cut-offs would go up by at least 2-3 per cent from last year.
Suman Shinde, deputy director of education (Pune division) said, “The initial deadline of submission was 5 pm, which we have now increased to 10 pm today (Tuesday) considering as many as 1,416 students are yet to submit their online admission forms. The first merit list will be declared on June 28 at 5 pm. All the students who participated in the admissions process have to secure provisional admissions in the junior college they will be allotted in the first list.”
Last year, due to poor response from students to the Arts stream, as many as nine junior colleges in the city shut down the course after the CAP was through. Against a collective intake capacity of 12,140 in the Arts divisions in city colleges, only 2,761 students ended up opting for it last year. This year, the total intake capacity in the Arts stream has been reduced to 10,840 - a decline by 1,300 seats