On Monday afternoon, Disha Gupta, 17, a resident of Mulund, finally had a reason to smile. After failing to make it to the first and second admission merit lists, Gupta found her name on the third merit list of the Bachelor of Mass Media course at SIES College, Sion.
“I am one of the four students who made it to the third merit list,” beamed Gupta, who scored 74% in her HSC exams in the arts stream. “I had applied to more than six colleges and had pinned my hopes on the third list.”
As colleges declared their third merit lists on Monday, the mood at campuses was sombre. The cut-offs for professional courses saw a marginal drop, with several colleges not putting up a third list for the coveted professional courses.
“High scorers who made it to the first two lists, confirmed their admission, leaving us with no vacancies for the professional self-financing courses,” said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College, which declared a third list only for two courses.
At St Xavier’s College, the notice board stated: “Admissions to the first year senior college have been closed”.
“Had I foreseen such a grave problem to make it to the big colleges, I would have probably studied harder,” rued Anisha Rane, 18, who scored 76% in her HSC exams. She has decided to settle for the confirmed in-house seat for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) course at Swami Vivekanand College in Chembur.
Noopur Khare’s dream of making it to NM College remained unfulfilled. Khare, 17, who scored 80.83% in her Class 12 exam, was keen to pursue her Bachelor of Accounting and Finance course at the Vile Parle college. “I have always wanted to be a part of the college and participate in their festivals. Now, there is no hope,” said Khare.
“This time the students have performed exceedingly well. A large number of commerce students have confirmed their applications for the professional courses,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrews College.