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School’s mistake in her form cost her a seat

Puja Pednekar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 06, 2013
First Published: 01:10 IST(6/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:16 IST(6/7/2013)

There is no consoling 15-year old Shivani Joshi's (name changed on request) as she realises that she may not be able to go to college this year.

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She has not been allotted a seat in the FYJC online admissions. Despite scoring 71.40% in SSC exams, she missed out on a seat because her school allegedly messed up her application form and put her in the cultural quota. 

Joshi had filled her FYJC online application form for science stream through her school in Sion, as instructed by education officials.

Unfortunately, the school teacher told her to apply through the cultural quota because she had participated in intermediate and elementary state-level drawing competitions. “I had filled my form through the open category, but my teacher changed it to cultural quota,’’ she said.

The mistake by the teacher cost her dearly. She lost a seat in Khalsa College, Matunga which she got  in the first list on June 22. The college denied her admission as her drawing certificates did not make her eligible for the cultural quota. “Only state level drawing certificates do not qualify candidates for cultural quota. Her teacher should have guided her better,’’ said a senior education official Joshi approached.

The college rejected her application and converted it to general category. She should have received admission in the second or third round, but that didn’t happen.

Now she has pinned her hopes on offline admissions, but her family does not have the means to pay even for the forms. “We do not have money to pay for a seat. I do not even have money to send her to a college far from home,’’ said her mother.


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