Heating up the race to junior college admissions, the deputy directorate of education has made it mandatory for all first-year junior college (FYJC) aspirants, including those seeking admissions to quota (minority, management) seats, to first apply for a seat through the online admission process.
According to the FYJC admissions and information booklet published by the school education department, the aspirants will first have to mandatorily fill forms part 1 and 2 online before they seek admission to quota seats. Part 1 of the form will require aspirants to fill in their personal details for registration, while part 2 of the form, also called the option form, will require students to list out their college preferences. Interestingly, earlier the department had said that students seeking admission to quota seats will only have to register online and then take admission to the college of their choice.
“It will be compulsory for all students to apply online. Those seeking admission under quotas can then approach the colleges separately and submit a letter requesting admission. The letter should also mention their online admission registration number for reference,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
According to the booklet, candidates whose names appear in the merit lists but who have already got admission through any of the management, minority or in-house quotas should cancel their admission from that quota, obtain the ‘admission cancellation letter’ and approach the junior college allotted to them in the online merit list with all the documents for completing the admission formalities.
Asked whether this means that students will have no choice but to take admission in the seats allotted to them, Chavan said, “If students get admission in any of their top preferences during the online admission process, they will have to take it. But if they get a quota seat, their name will automatically get deleted from the general merit list.”
Chavan said these rules have been framed based on the instructions of the Bombay high court. “The high court wanted more transparency in the system. Earlier, we didn’t know who the colleges were admitting to quota seats, but now that every student will be registered online, we will be able to track them,” said Chavan.