Close to 75% aspirants – 45,002 of 59,960 – confirmed their seats in the special round of the first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions.
To fill the 1.04 lakh vacant seats in various colleges, the state education department had invited applications from students who missed out on admissions earlier and those who wanted to change the seats allotted to them in the previous rounds.
Disappointed with admission process, some parents have complained that colleges are refusing to refund the fees for unaided seats allotted in the previous rounds. They plan to meet state education minister Vinod Tawde to redress their grievances.
Unaided colleges charge higher fees than aided ones as they are not subsidised by the government. Several students were allotted seats in unaided colleges in the five admission rounds held between June and August.
When students tried cancelling their admission after getting better options in the special round, they said that the colleges refused to refund the amount. “Days after we took provisional admission in a college, we were asked to pay the full fee amount of Rs6,000 and confirm admission. But now, when my son has got a seat in a better college in the special round, the college is not willing to refund the fee,” said Harsh Maheshwari, a parent from Kandivli.
Munaf Shaikh, a parent from Crawford Market, approached the Gamdevi police station against a college in Grant Road. “During admission, they gave us a receipt stating that the fee is non-refundable for unaided seats. Such undertakings are illegal,” said Shaikh.
Parents also complained that coveted colleges are charging lakhs of rupees for admission to management quota seats. Colleges are allowed to reserve 5% seats under this quota. “One of the most sought after colleges for commerce in South Mumbai is charging Rs6 lakh for a management quota seat,” said Shaikh.
“It’s unfair that when there are high scoring students struggling to get seats in good colleges, the colleges are selling their quota seats without considering merit,” said Afzhal Merchant, a parent from Mumbai Central. “We want the education minister to intervene and stop this flawed admission process.”
Students admitted in special round 1
Commerce: 28,583 ( English medium)
Commerce: 170 ( Marathi medium)
Commerce: 62 (Other mediums)
Science: 12, 307 ( English medium)
Science: 9 (Urdu medium)
Arts: 2, 105 ( English medium)
Arts: 1,642 (Marathi medium)
Arts: 124 ( other mediums)
14, 640 students who did not claim seats in this round
Schedule for Special Round Phase -2
August 16 to 19: Procure a new login id and password from guidance centres for Rs150
August 19 and 20: Students will have to register online and select 10-15 colleges
August 23: Second special merit list to be declared at 5 pm
August 25 and 26: Payment of fees and admissions