Most junior colleges will finally start their academic session on Wednesday, after a long-drawn out partially online and offline admission process.
Although the swine flu threat might cause some anxiety, principals are relieved that the admission process is almost over and they can now concentrate on academics.
“The year has finally begun so I sincerely hope that we don’t have to shut down because of the flu now,” said Dr Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College.
Nearly two-and-a-half lakh students had enrolled in the online process, of which over 18,000 students were still left without seats after the three merit lists generated by the online system.
The fourth offline merit list was declared on Monday after which colleges were given the leeway to admit students based on their marks.
Admission centres and the website had put up a list of the vacant seats in colleges, and each college put up its own list. Students had to themselves contact whichever colleges they wanted to apply to.
Colleges that still have seats left are expecting admissions to carry on through the following weeks, but do not want to postpone starting lectures because most seats have been filled.
“Of the 600 seats, awe still have 20 vacant, but we can’t afford to postpone classes till they fill up,” said Madhuri Pethe, principal of ML Dahanukar College.
Principals had asked the education department whether they could cancel the first set of unit tests in junior colleges to compensate for the time lost in the admission process.
“We had sent them a circular, and if they agree, then the days we save should be enough to catch up on lost time,” said Pethe.
Other than that, junior colleges that have not started lectures might cut into the Diwali vacations or cover the syllabi in extra classes, which will be held regularly, said college officials.