On Friday evening, a SMS will determine the fate of students seeking admission to the bifocal streams (science or commerce with one vocational subject) in junior colleges once the first merit list is declared.
The SMS will be sent to students who clear the cut offs at their preferred colleges by the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL), the state government’s technical partner for the online admissions.
They can also find out their status by logging on to the admissions website or checking the college merit lists which will be put up at their premises.
“This year, cut offs will definitely be higher than last year because of the Best Five scheme (which allows SSC and ICSE students to count highest scores of five subjects),” said Palak Thadeshwar, who scored 96.64 per cent in the SSC exam. Thadeshwar, 15, hopes to get into a good college for the science vocational stream.
Thane resident, Anurag Gangal, 15, showed no sign of nervousness. Having scored 93.82 per cent in his SSC exam, he has applied for science (vocational) in junior colleges in Thane. “I’m feeling quite confident as I have done quite well. It’s been a long wait for the first list.”
In the run up to declaration of the first merit list, the state education department briefed junior colleges over the course of Wednesday and Thursday on the next step in the admissions process.
“It was a routine briefing, we told colleges how to check the certificates, how to admit students, on what basis to reject them, how to update the lists,” said an education department official.
Four sessions were held over the two days. “Principals didn’t seem to have any major doubts, everything has gone off peacefully this time and we hope it stays that way as the process continues with the lists coming out,” said Rekha Jagasia, principal of Kamla High School and Junior College at Khar.
Colleges admitting students on the basis of in house or minority quotas will also, from Friday, have to surrender the unfilled seats in these quotas, to the education department. According to officials, at least 10,000 more junior college seats could become available to general category students, as a result. Last year 24,925 seats were freed up after minority admissions were completed.