The second and final lists for the vocational courses at colleges closed one to three percentage points higher than last year’s final lists, indicating the effect of the Best Five policy at work.
The education department declared the second list for the vocational streams on Thursday evening post 7.30 pm, after a two and a half hour delay.
“Students’ scores have improved, thanks to Best Five that this has meant that the final list closed at a higher percentage than last year, the drop from the first list has been marginal,” said Harsha Mehta, principal of SIES College at Sion.
The college’s final list closed at 91.85 per cent last year for the electronics option and at 94.18 per cent this year.
Principals anticipate that the same trend will be repeated when the general merit lists are issued. “The percentage drop between the general lists this year will not be much as so many students have done well, thanks to the Best Five scheme and the sports and extra curricular marks,” said Naresh Chandra, principal of Birla College in Kalyan.
At Birla, the vocational list closed at 94.6 per cent in 2009, compared to 96.9 per cent this year. Several high scorers who were pinning their hopes on making it to the second list, were left disappointed. “I was only two marks behind the first list cut off but was disappointed not to have made it,” said a student who did not wish to be named. She had scored 95.04 per cent.
A total of 491 seats remained vacant even after the second list for the vocational courses came out on Thursday. Of the 2,910 students allotted seats in the second round, 844 were able to avail of the “betterment” option and secure a seat in a higher preference college they had listed.
“The vacant seats are probably in colleges in remote areas or at institutions with unaided sections where the fees are higher or if the college is new and therefore not well known,” said an education department official.
The leftover seats will be handed back to the education department and re released as general seats (for science or commerce) in the same colleges. “Later, once students have been admitted, principals can individually take in applications for the vocational seats and admit students accordingly,” said the official.