While FYJC admissions in the general category have been conducted online for the past few years, aspirants to the in-house, minority quota, bifocal and degree seats have had to wait in serpentine queues to buy pre-admission forms, and make multiple visits to colleges across the city for form submission, fee payment and checking merit lists. Not anymore.
An increasing number of Mumbai colleges are replacing the process of physically picking up forms by making them available at the click of a mouse, with some allowing fee payment, too, online.
Going digital, said college principals, makes the application process hassle-free for students, and allows them to access forms from anywhere.
This year, Sathaye College, Vile Parle, and St Andrew’s College, Bandra, have introduced online admissions for all minority, in-house quota and degree courses.
“We are in talks with banks to make payment gateways available on our website, so that students can pay their fees online,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra, which has started the online process this year.
Fernandes said the success of the first year junior college (FYJC) online admission process inspired the college administration to extend the facility to offline admissions. “If the process is online, it becomes faster and convenient for all parties,” said Fernandes. “It also minimises mistakes in the students’ data.”
Sathaye College, Vile Parle, will start the online admission process on a trial basis this year. “Admissions, however, will be confirmed after the soft copy of the pre-admission form, containing all the information, including parents’ signatures, is submitted offline,” said Kavita Rege, principal of the college.
At Somaiya Vidyavihar Group of Colleges, students are given the option of paying the fee online or by cash at the colleges. “Initially, people were not comfortable with making online payments, but now we see at least 20% candidates opting for it, compared with 5% in the past,” said Vijay Joshi, principal, KJ Somaiya College of Commerce and Science.
Joshi said the online process saves students multiple trips to the college. “When everything was done offline, students would have to visit the college campus repeatedly for collecting forms, submissions, checking merit lists and securing admissions,” said Joshi. “Thanks to the online processes, now students can apply for admissions from wherever they are.”
Applying online also helps students from other states and those living outside Mumbai, said TA Shiware, director of KPB Hinduja College, Charni Road. “Often, students from various other states apply for admission to Mumbai colleges. Going online saves them time, and also the expense, of having to travel to the city frequently,” he said.