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All FYJC admissions to go online this year

Deputy directorate of education asks colleges not to admit general category students directly; coaching classes won’t be able to guarantee seats

mumbai Updated: May 11, 2016 00:59 IST
Colleges will have to enrol students in their partnering coaching classes through online admissions.
Colleges will have to enrol students in their partnering coaching classes through online admissions. (HT)

Students seeking admission to integrated courses at the First Year Junior College (FYJC) level will have to apply online this year. The deputy directorate of education has asked colleges not to admit any general category student directly, even for specialised courses.

Integrated courses are popular with students. These courses not only prepare students for engineering or medical entrance exams, but also help students save on time as they do not have to attend classes and college separately.

In the past, the directorate had observed that many colleges had entered into tie-ups with coaching classes to offer such integrated courses. Some of these institutes would enrol students in the coaching class even before the Class 10 results were announced and assure them admission in their partner college. There were allegations of malpractices, with some tutorials reported to have offered seats in colleges for extra fees.

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However, since the government has decided not to have any offline admissions this year, except in-house, minority and management quota, coaching institutes will not be able to guarantee admissions to junior colleges.

“All admissions for general category students this year will be done online. There will be strict monitoring and third-party checks to ensure colleges follow this rule,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.

Compliance to the rules will be checked with the help of a unique identification (UID) number, which has been made mandatory for all FYJC aspirants this year, even if they want admission through quota. The UID number will be used to track students’ applications.

In accordance with these rules, colleges will have to enrol students in their partnering coaching classes through online admissions.

“Students enrolled in our coaching classes want to study in our junior college as well. So, we have asked them to apply online. Since they are all high scorers, they are confident of securing a seat in college,” said Pravin Tyagi, managing director of Pace junior colleges.

Similarly, some colleges have weaved in coaching into their regular teaching itself. “We do not offer any integrated course separately. If students want any special coaching, they approach our teachers, who help them out,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.

Some colleges such as Wilson College, Grant Road, have entered into unofficial arrangements with coaching classes. “We have an unofficial understanding with a private coaching institute. They conduct classes in our premises and interested students opt for it,” said VJ Sirwaiya, the college’s principal. “It is a good arrangement especially for outstation students who live in our hostel.”