There is good news for students seeking admission to junior colleges. The intake capacity of Mumbai colleges for the first year junior college (FYJC) admissions has shot up by more than 5,000 seats this year.
However, those relying on offline admissions are in for a disappointment, as only a few seats have increased under the in-house, management and minority quota, compared to previous years.
Of the 2.8 lakh seats up for grabs for FYJC students this year, admissions to just 1.26 lakh seats will be conducted at the college-level (offline). This has increased by 5,000 over the previous year.
The rest of the seats — around 1.62 lakh — will be available through online admissions, conducted by the office of the state deputy director of education.
Generally, a large number of students depend on securing offline admissions to colleges, as they do not always get their preferred college through the online process. “At the end of the online process, we always have a lot of students approaching for admissions as they are unhappy with the college allotted to them,” said Jyoti Thakur, external co-ordinator, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
According to Thakur, these seats have not increased much this year because top colleges do not have any space for expansion. “We cannot increase our intake capacity anymore,” she said.
Keeping up with the trend of the past few years, the commerce stream has seen the maximum number of increase in seats. Commerce seats have shot up to 1.64 lakh this year, from last year’s 1.61 lakh. “Today’s youngsters are enterprise-oriented, hence commerce courses have become popular,” said Shobhna Vasudevan, principal, RA Podar collage, Matunga.
Some academicians say takers for science streams are dwindling. “Streams such as science have a narrow vision and limited options, while commerce has more options,” said Mehek Gwalani, vice-principal, KC College, Churchgate.
Dinesh Panjawani, principal, RD National College, Bandra, blamed schools for not creating awareness of the scope of other streams. “Commerce has been catching imagination of students because no serious efforts are taken to inform them about career available in other faculties.”?