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New deadline catches Mumbai university students unawares

Mumbai city news: While colleges were preparing to release the first cut-off lists on Thursday, they were surprised to see students asking them to submit forms.

mumbai Updated: Jun 30, 2017 23:50 IST
Shreya Bhandary
All colleges had printed date of submission on admission forms based on the original schedule issued by the University of Mumbai.
All colleges had printed date of submission on admission forms based on the original schedule issued by the University of Mumbai.(HT FILE)

Many students were unaware of the early deadline for submission of registration forms for University of Mumbai (MU) degree courses. They were shocked to find out that they will only be able to apply for seats that remain vacant after three rounds of admissions.

According to the original schedule released by MU last month, online pre-admission enrolment was to be conducted between June 1 and 16 and students were supposed to submit admission forms with registration forms in colleges between June 16 and 22. This schedule was changed and a statement was released by MU on June 16 that said online registration had been extended till June 21 and the form submission deadline had been changed to June 21 too.

While colleges were preparing to release the first cut-off lists on Thursday, they were surprised to see students asking them to submit forms. Though students can apply after three rounds of admissions, they are worried that colleges might not have any seats left for them by then. “Even the admission form I got from the college said the last date for submission was June 22. Now I’ve been asked to wait till all three merit lists are announced and then re-apply to colleges of my choice after July 4,” said Pankti Mehta , 18, a student.

All colleges had printed date of submission on admission forms based on the original schedule and could not change it later. “The college refused to accept my admission form saying the deadline was 5pm on June 21 but we were not informed. My fear is that there’ll be no seats left in the course and the college of my choice after first three rounds of admissions,” said another student.

Colleges, on the other hand, said they were only following university rules. “We cannot accept any more forms because the process of seat allotment is already underway,” said an official from Sophia College, Breach Candy.

According to the statement released by MU on June 16, the first three merit lists will be announced by July 1 and after July 4, colleges will be allowed to accept admission forms to fill the remaining vacant seats, if any.