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50,000 vacant seats, admissions go offline

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2010 02:07 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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About 50,000 seats are still vacant in city colleges.

Students who have not yet been allotted any seat and those from the IGCSE board, who could not apply because their results came out in August and those allowed to keep tern can now apply for these seats offline.

Colleges will conduct admissions offline between September 1 and 4.

The final list that the education department had said it would announce on August 31 was scrapped.

“We scrapped the online list because we realised we might end up allotting students seats in colleges far away from their homes, which would be inconvenient. Now, students can make their own choices and there are more than enough vacancies to accommodate them all,” said an education department official.

Students and their parents still have some doubts over the process though.

“Will the colleges let us fill in the forms offline? Will there be an authority checking the process? Isn’t there the danger of colleges selling off the remaining seats?” questioned a parent, who did not wish to be named.

Students will be able to buy forms and submit these on September 1, 3 and 4. Colleges will have to issue their merit lists on September 6 and students will pay fees on September 7 and 8.

Details of vacancies at specific colleges are available online on fyjc.org.in and will be put up at the deputy director’s office in Charni Road.

“Students will be admitted to a college on the basis of its cut-off in the last list,” said the official. However, colleges have not yet received any written communication from the department and say there is still some ambiguity on the point.

“We will throw it open on the basis of the merit of students who apply, we have not been told to go by the last merit list,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra. However, a department official said, “People should approach us if there are any malpractices and we will look into the complaint.”

But what about colleges completing their syllabus on time with admission still on? Principals said that it might not be possible to hold unit tests with the late start to term and the beginning of the Diwali vacations in early November.

“I do not think they will be able to hold unit tests and they may ask us to go for internal assessment like they did last year,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College in Sion. An official from the department said they would take a decision within the next two days.

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