MUMBAI: With most of the Class 10 results, barring those of the SSC board, announced, students are eagerly awaiting the start of the online junior college admissions process. The usual anxiety surrounding this process seems to have reached new heights this time round, especially since the entire process has gone online, leaving students at the mercy of technology.
Keeping this in mind, a few city colleges have been holding sessions for these students on how they should go about filling the forms and understanding the process that follows.
“The students are already worked up thinking they will not have the choice of visiting colleges and applying directly at the institute. We wanted to tell them that the online process is easy and they will get through good colleges, provided they follow the instructions correctly,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
The college conducted a daylong workshop to explain the online admissions process on May 28, which was attended by hundreds of Class 10 students and their parents. It also specially invited an officer from the state education department to explain the admission process to students and clear all their doubts.
Education institutes across the city have been frequently receiving queries from students and parents about the admissions process. As a result, more and more colleges are coming forward with innovative steps to help these students.
At HR College, Churchgate, for instance, a help desk has been set up by students to help new students with the admissions process. “The help desk is for students confused about the admissions process. Over the past two days, my students have helped several children with the form filing process and also explained to them the process that follows after filling the form,” said Indu Shahani, the college’s principal.
For 15- year- old Sharvari Gokhale, bagging a seat in one of the bi-focal streams is most important. “Once we enter the online process, we will have no option but to adhere to the system and accept the seat allotted to us. I’m really hoping to score well enough to bag a seat in a course of my choice, so that I don’t have to struggle with a second language in the Class 11 and Class 12 exams,” said Sharvari, an SSC student awaiting her results.
At Birla College in Kalyan, apart from regular help for students on the form-filling process, the institute is also conducting career counseling sessions to help students. “We get calls as well as emails every day from anxious and confused students. We are trying our best to help them. Be it Class 10 or Class 12 students, we are making sure students don’t feel helpless,” said Naresh Chandra, the institute’s principal. He said that several other colleges in his area have also started conducting such sessions for students.
As of now, junior college aspirants only have the choice to fill part one of the admission form with basic information about themselves. Part two of the form is where they will fill information about their Class 10 marks and choice of colleges.