Admissions to the Maharashtra state-board affiliated, first year and second year junior college (Class 11 and 12), will be delayed by at least a couple of weeks this year. While the admission process is undergoing an overhaul this year, the state school education department is running behind schedule so the admissions are likely to begin only in the second half of May. Last year, the admissions began on May 9.
According to the government resolution on January 23, the new process was supposed to begin earlier than usual and wrap up by September 1. But the department is yet to finalise the timetable and publish instructions manual. A source at the board said that the timetable is likely to be announced next week.
With the delay, students are unlikely to get more than a few days to sign up for the admissions portal or read the instructions manual before Class 10 results are announced. ICSE and CBSE boards declare their results towards the end of May while SSC results are out in early June. Principals said that it is important that students and teachers get ample time to understand the new process so that they do not make mistakes in filing their applications. “We encourage students to register on the portal in advance and read the manual multiple times to avoid goof-ups,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal, Vaze-Kelkar College, Mulund. He added the entire procedure is new, even teachers need time to grasp it so that they can guide students better.
Education officials attributed the delay to the new admission process and change in the nodal agency that conducts the admission. “The whole process is being revamped. The admission process is going to be more student-friendly and flexible,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Last year … number of colleges had taken part in the admission process but this time the numbers are supposed to be higher as the entire admission process will be conducted online. This resulted in the board taking a longer time to register the colleges, said Chavan.
“We were forced to extend registration because many of the institutions did not turn up for it even after multiple reminders,” he said. Currently, the department is verifying the registrations. The admission portal will be opened to the students after the verification.