The applications of more than 6,000 first-year students to junior colleges will be re-checked. The reason: the guidance centres made errors while filling the application forms of five students from outside Mumbai.
While in case of the five students, the marks that were keyed in were 100%, instead of the 60%-70% score, a similar error was spotted in a form filled from a cyber café. Education officials, however, said the admission process will not be delayed.
The students learned about the errors when their names topped the FYJC general merit list, which ranks applicants according to their Class 10 scores. The list was released late on Monday evening and the students corrected the mistakes on Wednesday.
Nikita Wakade from Bhiwandi who topped the merit list secured 65.20% in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam. “I approached a help centre in Bhiwandi to fill my form. They entered the details and submitted the form online,” said Wakade.
Officials said the discrepancies were only in forms of students who lived outside Mumbai, as they enter their SSC marks manually, while those of other SSC students automatically pop-up on the page once the seat number is entered.
“Thankfully, the mistakes were reported before students were allotted seats. So the admissions will not get delayed,” said Avinash Ahire, assistant, deputy director of education.
“Colleges will reject admission if there are discrepancies between the mark sheets and online applications.”
The directorate will question the guidance centre officials. “Action will be taken against them,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education.