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Mumbai junior college online admissions: Brace for chaos

A plethora of changes in the rules, a new website and nodal agency, along with additional benefits for certain students groups will be introduced this year

mumbai Updated: Mar 28, 2017 10:31 IST
Puja Pednekar
The government has appointed a new agency, NYSA Asia, to provide technical support for admissions.
The government has appointed a new agency, NYSA Asia, to provide technical support for admissions.(Pic for Representation)

Will students excelling in cultural activities get a double advantage this year with additional marks in SSC exams and 3% reservation? How will the 30% reservation for women be implemented in class 11 admissions? The education department doesn’t have answers to these questions yet, even when the first-year junior college (FYJC) online admission process is just weeks away. 

Students better brace for chaos in the upcoming admission process. A plethora of changes in the rules, a new website and nodal agency, along with additional benefits for certain students groups will be introduced this year, but education officials said that there is no clarity yet over how these changes are to be implemented. 

Officials said they expect more chaos from students and parents in this admission process owing to new rules. This year, students will be free to change the order of college preferences after every round. This, officials fear, will add to the confusion. “Students and colleges had finally gotten a hang of the old system. Teachers could guide students better because they had experienced it for six years. The new system could cause chaos,” said a senior education official from the directorate.

Over 2.5 lakh aspirants from across Mumbai take part in the online admission process for over 800 junior colleges. The number is expected to go up this year because admissions to technical colleges, minimum competency vocational courses (MCVC), and reserved seats, which were filled at the college-level earlier, will now be done online. 

But what’s worrying is that the government has appointed a new agency, NYSA Asia, to provide technical support for admissions, while ditching Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), which was the technical partner for the last six years, since the online admissions began in 2011. 

As a result, a new online admission portal is being developed. It was to open for college registrations (on a trial basis) by Monday, but it has been delayed to April 1. “The agency noticed some errors in the website and are in the middle of ironing them out,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. 

To make matters worse, officials are confused over implementing the new admission rules. Students excelling in cultural quota enjoy 3% reservation during FYJC admissions. But a government resolution (GR) issued on January 8, states that such students will be awarded 10 to 25 additional marks in their Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exams.  “The GR hasn’t specified whether we should continue with cultural quota now that these students will get the benefit of extra marks,” said the official. 

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