Top junior colleges in the city still have a substantial number of vacancies, even after the second round of online admissions closed on Thursday. It was the last day for students whose names had appeared on the second merit list to pay their provisional fees.
At Sathaye College, 173 seats were vacant for science, at DG Ruparel College 56 seats, at Mithibai College around 46 seats, at Ruia College around 30 seats, at SIES College 19 seats.
“This doesn’t usually happen,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College. “We have no clue why so many seats are lying vacant.”
Seats are also available for the next round in the arts and commerce streams. At RA Podar College, around 10 commerce seats were vacant, while at HR College the figure was 66 seats. At St Andrews College, 31 arts seats were vacant, at Mithibai College there were 37, at Ruparel College 36 seats and at SIES College 21.
“Some students cancelled their admission because they wanted a different stream or a nearby college which they got thanks to the betterment option,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College.
Principals said that students might not have reported for admission as they got a seat through the offline process or in the bifocal streams. These admissions were conducted before the online process.
Principals said cut-offs were unlikely to drop by much for the third round because there are several students with the same scores. “It may come down by 1% point, but not more,” said V Karandikar, professor at Ruia College.
The third and final general merit list will be declared on Monday at 5pm. Admissions will then be conducted offline for those who were not allowed to apply online, including students Allowed To Keep Term, Central Board of Secondary Education students who appeared for the school final exam and international students who had not received their results earlier.
“The offline round will only be for such students. Students who were allotted seats through the online system should not apply in this round,” said an education department official.
The education department is yet to consolidate data on the total number of vacancies in junior colleges. In all, 40,815 students secured admission to junior colleges in the second round.
Scored more than cut-off, but did not secure admission
mumbai: Students with marks above the cut-offs at certain colleges have complained that they did not make it to the merit lists of those colleges, even though they had listed them as their first preference.
At Jai Hind College, the authorities received three such complaints from students who had put Jai Hind as their first preference, had marks higher than the cut-off, but had not been allotted a seat there.
Similarly, three students with this problem approached Sathaye College.
College authorities scanned their documents and verified that they had indeed listed these colleges as first, but had been allotted different colleges.
“We don’t know why this is happening, but I hope the problem gets solved,” said Jyoti Thakur, head of junior college at Jai Hind.
“There might be so many students who might have this problem, but they don’t even know because they haven’t checked individual cut-offs of all the colleges.”
The education department said such a situation was not possible. “This simply cannot happen,” said a department official. “No students have complained to us about this so far.”
There is still plenty of confusion among students and parents about the admission process, with many approaching colleges asking for offline admission.
“So many students have come to me with this question,” said Swapna Durve, vice-principal of Mithibai College.
“They are hoping and praying that there is somehow an offline round.”
She added that many such students had not confirmed their admission when they were allotted colleges, because they were obscure. As a result they got eliminated from the online system.