The new junior college admission system won’t be completely online.
Laying out the procedure on Friday, the state Education Department made it clear that while forms can be filled online, they must be submitted physically at designated centres. Also, students will not be informed online where they have got admission; they would need to visit the colleges they had indicated on their forms and check their merit lists.
The system, which failed last year as the website crashed, is applicable in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region across Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts from this academic year.
The region will be divided into various zones and colleges given individual codes.
Students can download admission forms free from the website (the URL is yet to be finalised) and indicate up to 150 colleges of their preference in any two streams, say, arts and science, and a choice of three zones. The form, along with a fee of Rs 125, can be submitted at any college or submission centre.
Pune’s Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL) is designing the website and handling the technical aspects. It will provide log-ins for every college and student and mail the merit list to every college.
“Students will get technical help from MKCL centres, faculty at colleges or on helplines. All those who fill the form are assured of admission,” said Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.
“Students won’t have to run around buying forms from every college. But, the system should be free from glitches and should be sufficiently publicised,” said Chitra Ganesh, whose son took the Class 10 exams this year.