A general merit list of all the candidates applying for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) in the city will be announced — for the first time ever — on June 20 at 5pm.
This will help students gauge their ranking among all the other candidates and give them an idea of how many students have scored better marks than them. Colleges are likely to begin classes from the first week of July.
The general merit list will be announced before the college-wise first merit list is announced on June 22. The decision to announce the list was taken by the office of the deputy director of education, after the Bombay high court, on April 4, directed them to make improvements to the online admission process for the academic year 2015-16.
The HC was hearing a public interest litigation filed by a parent Vaishali Bafna, claiming the FYJC online process conducted for the past four years in Mumbai and Pune regions was faulty.
“Following the HC orders, we have made a provision to announce a general merit list before college-wise merit lists,” said BD Phadtare, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Phadtare said this will give students a fair idea of what to expect during the admission process. “Students will be able to see where they stand in the race of admissions,” said Phadtare. “They will be able to understand how many students have scored higher than them and make realistic college choices.”
However, the government has not paid heed to another recommendation calling for all admissions to be conducted online. At present, admissions go offline after the third list is declared and many students end up taking offline admissions to a college of their choice. “The high court has not asked us to follow this recommendation and so admissions will be done offline after the final list,” said Phadtare.
The link for filling in option forms, in which students list out their college choices, was activated on June 9 at 6pm on the FYJC admissions portal. Students have time till June 15 to submit their online applications.
Meanwhile, colleges have already begun distributing application forms for in-house, minority and management quota. “The issuing of admission forms has begun for both categories and the first list will be put up on June 11,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College, Churchgate.
Jai Hind College, Churchgate, will put up the first list for offline quota admissions on June 22. “Classes will begin after the second merit list is announced in the first week of July,” said Jyoti Thakur, executive co-ordinator of the college. Some colleges such as RD National College, Bandra, will wait till the third list is announced to start classes.