The education department extended the form submission deadline for online junior college admissions twice on Friday following requests from students.
A total of 1.92 lakh forms were submitted by the evening. The already extended deadline of 2pm was first pushed to 4pm, then later to 6pm.
As the clock struck 4.15 on Friday evening, a frantic Danish Mansuri, charged up the stairs to the guidance centre at Anjuman-I-Islam School near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. But he had missed the deadline by two hours. “I was out of town, I had no idea about the process, now it is too late,” said Mansuri, 15, a National Institute of Open Schooling candidate. Clueless students visited guidance centres even after the official deadline lapsed on Friday in the hope that their forms might get accepted.
With requests from students coming in during the day, the education department asked its technical partner Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited to keep the website open, first until 4pm. Later, after a 45-minute closure, at around 4.45pm the education department once again opened the site for submissions, until 6pm on Friday.
“As we got several requests from students, we kept the site open for a while longer,” said an education department official.
Some, such as Mansuri, never found out that the deadline had been extended. However, those who had already filled in the first part, managed to use the slim window of time to slip through. “Luckily I was able to submit my form at the last minute,” Aarti Jadhav, 16.
The first merit list will be out on June 27. Students will be able to check their status online.