From the coming academic year, 2017-18, Class 12 admissions to state-run junior colleges will be conducted online; much like first-year junior college (FYJC) online process, said the state’s education department. The move is aimed at making Class 12 admissions transparent and curbing malpractices such as donations and non-merit-based admissions.
This means students aspiring to switch colleges in Class 12 will need to fill out an application form that will soon become available on the portal mumbai.11thadmission.net. But colleges are waiting for the official circular before following this process.
Many students look to change colleges in the middle of Class 11 or in Class 12 if they want to secure admission at a college of their choice — especially if they are unhappy with the college allotted to them in the FYJC online admissions. Last year, students had to approach individual colleges and they would be allotted a seat if there was a vacancy.
But this year, the Bombay high court prohibited offline admissions of any kind. “We have stopped offline admissions entirely in Class 11 and Class 12,” said B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. “Some colleges who are unaware of the change in rules might admit students’ offline, but they will be asked to reverse the process once the online admission portal opens.”
Officials said until last year, less than 50% students continued in colleges allotted to them in the online process, especially in smaller or lesser-known colleges. “Even after conducting multiple online rounds to ensure 100% admissions through the system, we find students change colleges’ offline after Class 11, making the entire online admission process pointless," said Chavan. The department had conducted nine rounds of admission for FYJC last year.
Mumbai colleges complained they are clueless about the change in the admission process, as the department hasn’t issued an official circular yet. Sathaye College, Vile Parle, is accepting student applications, but has kept the admission process on hold. “We were told about the change in admission process eight months ago, but we are waiting for government orders on how to implement it,” said Kavita Rege, principal. The college has around 35 vacant seats in science and 15 to 20 seats in commerce stream.
Vidyadhar Joshi, principal, Vaze-Kelkar College, Mulund, said online class 12 admissions will make things easier for students and colleges.