The number of junior college online applications submitted until Wednesday evening has already exceeded the number of seats available online, but there will still be enough seats for everyone, said officials.
“Students fill in forms both online and offline, which is why the number is large,” said a senior official of the education department. “There are enough seats for everyone. Students need not worry.” On Wednesday evening, the number of online forms submitted crossed 1.58 lakh, outnumbering the 1.49 lakh seats available through the online process. However, there are 1.15 lakh seats also allotted offline for in-house, minority and management quota candidates. Candidates can continue to submit their online forms until 2pm on June 22.
Admissions through the minority and in-house quota seats are in progress. Further, as offline seats fall vacant, these will be allotted online after colleges begin to surrender them. Last year, nearly 36,000 seats fell vacant after the online process was completed. There are 2.7 lakh seats in junior colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Principals also said that students filled in multiple forms offline, in addition to the ones online. “Students may get preference through a quota in one college, but may want admission in another college,” said Madhavi Pethe, principal of ML Dahanukar College in Vile Parle. “They have every right to do so.”