Many colleges in Mumbai witnessed chaos as the first merit list for degree college admissions was announced on Tuesday evening. The lists, which were supposed to be out by 6pm, were not displayed until 7pm in many colleges, adding to the students’ anxiety.
Large groups of students crowded campuses although merit lists were uploaded on the websites of several colleges.
“The college website kept crashing which forced me to come all the way to the college to check the list. The colleges should have been prepared to handle glitches,” said a student from Matunga.
Students also complained about the difficulties they faced during online pre-admission process, which was introduced last year. “The pre-admission online admission process was complicated and was not completely online. We had to later submit forms in the colleges. Moreover, the university application portal was not working properly on some web browsers,” said Dipanshu Dhulia, an FYBSc aspirant.
The students faced problems despite colleges setting up counters to guide students and parents for pre-admission online process this year. The online process did not serve any purpose, say students.
“The online process is useless if we have to make several trips to colleges to submit forms. I hope this improves from next year,” said another student, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Several students of a Matunga college complained about glitches in the FYBA merit list for the open category. According to students, the list showed percentage aggregate of a student obtaining 379 (75.8%) marks as 94.75%.
Nikhil Mehta, an FYBCom aspirant, said: “The online process has made things tedious. Most students were confused about timings for the submission of printed copy of enrolment forms as most of the colleges closed submissions earlier than the 3pm deadline on Tuesday.”