Nikhil Shetty got up at 6.30 am on Monday and travelled about 25 km from Dahisar to Vile Parle to reach a guidance centre where lists were put up for the second phase of junior college admissions in Mumbai.
All this to get into a science course in one of the four colleges of his choice — Mithibai, Sathaye, Thakur and Bhavan’s.
With 84.7 per cent, Shetty is one of the leftovers of this year’s admission process in the city, huffing and puffing to get one of the 26,115 seats still vacant mainly because of unfilled sports, defence and disabled quotas.
Principals say people with as high as 89 per cent were still trying for a seat in the inglorious second phase, which features only students who have not got admissions anywhere.
In 1984, the state board topper from the city had got 92.4 per cent, merely about 2-3 per cent more than those still without a seat.