Several city colleges have written to the University of Mumbai asking permission to increase the number of seats in coveted degree courses.
With colleges barely having enough seats for the third degree merit list and only a marginal fall in cut-offs, students with scores as high as 88% have not yet gotten into courses of their choice.
Last year, the university for the first time, gave colleges the option to increase their intake capacity by up to 15% after the admission process was over.
This year, colleges have taken the first step and already written to the university. The final list will be declared on June 29.
“We have written to the university asking them to allow us to increase the mass media (BMM) seats by 10%,” said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College at Churchgate.
This would mean six more BMM seats opening up for students. Last year, the colleges had asked for a 10% increase in both BMM and BMS (management studies) seats.
SIES College of Arts and Commerce also has asked for a 15% increase for their self-financing courses.
“Our BMM, BSc (biotech) and BSc (IT) courses did not even have a second list but there are so many students who want to apply. Once the university allows us, we will admit more students,” said principal Harsha Mehta.
But principals said that the university should also run a check on colleges before allowing them to admit more students.
“The university should ensure that colleges have the capacity to accommodate more students in terms of faculty and infrastructure,” said T Shiware, principal, KB Hinduja College, Charni Road.