Days after the results of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) were announced, students who had taken admissions for Bachelors in Science, BSc-Information Technology and BSc-Computer Science are withdrawing their admissions.
“Around 15-20 students have already applied for withdrawal of admissions today [on Thursday]. It happens every year. But we hope to get more applications to fill the seats,” said Tushar Desai, principal, DG Ruparel College, Matunga.
According to Desai, finding replacements to fill up the seats may be difficult because it is late in the academic year to find students. Most colleges have started lectures in the first week of July and are in the middle of internals tests in preparation for the first semester exams in October. “The Mumbai University allows admissions to colleges till the end of August. We’ll try and fill as many vacant seats as possible,” he said.
Since most city colleges were shut on Wednesday for Parsi New Year, applications for withdrawal of admissions came on Thursday.
While the numbers are few at present, colleges fear they will increase once admissions to medical and dental institutes are conducted. “Students usually hold on to these seats until they get admission in another institute. Some have already refunded their fees and I’m sure the numbers will increase over the next few days. It’s going to get chaotic by the time admission to medical institutes begins,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
City colleges affiliated with Mumbai university are unhappy with the medical admissions disrupting their routine work half way into the first semester. “Not only does our admin staff end up doing double the work to fill up the same seats, but once we fill the vacant seats in the middle of the semester, it causes disruption in regular classes,” said the principal of a suburban college.
“Thankfully, admissions to engineering institutes started early this year,” said Vijay Joshi, principal of KJ Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Vidya Vihar. “Otherwise, we end up with more withdrawal of admissions.”
Students seek admission using NEET scores
- While the state is yet to decide on the schedule for admissions to private and deemed institutes, students with good scores have already started approaching some of the deemed institutes based on their NEET scores.
- Directorate of Medical Education and Research officials said that admissions to medical seats should take place soon.