For the first time ever, colleges in Mumbai will have to display a list of names of all students applying for admission to First Year Junior College (FYJC) courses under the in-house, minority and management quotas on June 19.
The move is expected to bring in more transparency to these admissions, which are done at the level of the college and are not part of the centralised online admission process. With minority seats constituting half the intake at colleges, the in-house seats in colleges usually add up to more than those offered online.
In the timetable issued to all colleges for offline admissions on Wednesday, the deputy directorate of education, Mumbai region, asked them to publish the list within the college campus or on their websites, along with the first merit list of students.
Interestingly, colleges have also been asked to display a list of students seeking admission under the management quota, which is usually filled up at the discretion of the college. “Admissions to the management quota will also have to be done on the basis of students’ merit,” said BD Phadtare, deputy director of education. “All quota admissions should be on merit. We expect all colleges to follow it this year.”
The decision is based on one of the recommendations made by Rajendra Dharankar, president of the Pune-based NGO System Correcting Movement (SYSCOM), which had moved the Bombay high court in May against the government.
On April 4, the HC had directed them to suggest improvements to the online admission process for the academic year 2015-16.
Colleges said disclosing names and marks of students applying offline will not be a problem, but they are unsure about being able to do the same for the management quota.
“We have received instructions from the deputy director’s office,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra. “We will try to follow it as much as possible.”