Mumbai: 1.5 lakh apply for junior college admissions in a week
With high number of applicants as well as 90%+ scorers, colleges are worried that many students may be left disappointed; trend of state board students finding it tough to get seats in first list is expected to continue
It has been only a week since junior college admissions have begun and the education department has already received close to 1.5 lakh applications online.
Colleges which are conducting quota seats admissions (management, minority, sports and culture, etc) for the junior as well as degree divisions have also been flooded with applications and are worried that many students might be left disappointed because of the fierce competition.
With all the boards having declared their Class X and XII results, the competition still seems tough for state board students despite a rise in SSC and HSC students scoring 90% and above. “In the first (open) merit list for degree college admissions, which we will release on June 16, only 6 of the 200 students are from the state board.
This means that only a handful of my HSC students have got a seat in their own college for degree courses,” said Indu Shahani, principal of HR College in Churchgate. She added that this is a trend that has been going on for a few years. On the junior college admissions front, while over 1.5 lakh forms have already been accepted, thousands of others have yet to fill just their option forms.
The online junior college admission form comes in two parts part one involves personal information about the students while part two is the option form where students have to fill in the names of a minimum of 30 colleges (The form has to be filled in three categories: minimum of 15 colleges and maximum of 30 colleges from across the city; minimum of 10 junior colleges attached to schools; and a minimum of five colleges from two neighbouring BMC wards).
As per the schedule released by the office of the deputy director of (school) education, the first general merit list will be released on June 20, which will be followed by the first online merit list at 5 pm on June 22. Meanwhile, colleges have been asked to finish their offline (quota) admissions before June 20.
While most colleges conduct quota seat admissions offline, a number of them have now taken these online as well. “This is the first year that we are conducting quota admissions online and many students were confused since no forms were being distributed physically so we have extended the dates for the students’ benefit.
Our process should end in time to start the online admissions procedure (for the open category seats),” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra.
Mark your calendars
Junior college admissions schedule:
>> June 15: Students can fill up online forms
>> June 16 (till 3pm): Students can make corrections to forms, if any, and get the same re-approved by their school authority
>> June 20: Declaration of the general merit list
>> June 22 (at 5pm): Declaration of the first merit list June 23, 24 & 25 (between 10am and 3pm): Payment of minimal fees (Rs 50) to confirm admission
>> June 30 (at 5pm): Declaration of second merit list July 1, 2 & 3 (between 10am and 3pm): Payment of minimal fees (Rs 50) to confirm admission
>> July 6 (at 5pm): Declaration of third merit list July 7 & 8 (between 10am and 3pm): Final payment of minimal fees (Rs 50) to confirm admission