The venue for chaos relating to college admission has changed.
From the admission centres, the crowd shifted to colleges on Friday as thousands of students thronged colleges to secure admission instead of queuing up outside zonal coordination centres. College administration officials across the city were having a harrowing time.
Principals alleged that zonal coordination centres did not have proper information about cut-offs in their colleges and vacancies available. That, they said, was misleading students who were queuing up at colleges where there was little
possibility of getting admission.
After the third online merit list, the admission process was made manual on Wednesday.
“Students have been guided to colleges, without checking how many seats were vacant,” said Mehek Gvalani, vice-principal of KC College, Churchgate. “I had students seeking admission with 77 per cent, when I was finding it hard to accommodate those with 83 per cent,” she said, adding the cut-off was 85 per cent.
Principals said that the lists of vacant seats after the first day of offline admissions on Thursday had discrepancies.
“We could admit only 30 students each in the science and commerce streams, when thousands were expecting a seat,” said Gvalani.
Though the Education Department has directed all colleges to start their academic session on August 10, some colleges will declare their final lists on that day, thus compelling them to push the opening date later.
“There are only 48 vacant seats, so we will declare the final list on Monday,” said an official in charge of admission at HR College. Students who came for spot admission at these colleges were asked to wait till Monday when the final list would be declared.
“I came to check the fourth list, but I’ve been told the list will come out on Monday,” said Ravi Verma, who scored 74 per cent and is expecting a seat in HR College.
Cut-offs at most colleges remained the same since the third merit list, whereas some management seats are at disposal of principals.