More than 50 per cent of seats for bifocal or vocational courses in science and commerce streams have already been been filled in city colleges.
There are 12,533 seats in these courses and 31,131 have applied for them. But there is hope for students in the second list, as minority colleges have surrendered their vacant seats in the minority quota.
For example, at Jai Hind College in Churchgate, a minority quota with 50 per cent seats reserved for Sindhis, there are 10 seats vacant in each of the science vocational courses.
“We have 60 seats in each course for open category. In the minority quota we have 10 vacant seats which will now go to the open category in the second list,” said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College. The second list is on August 5.
On Saturday, students on the first merit list, which was declared late on Friday evening, could pay their fees at college counters. While students had two days to pay their fees, colleges that said already more than 50 per cent seats have been filled up.
Students can take provisional admission for Rs 50, which can be cancelled if they get colleges of their preference in the second list.
“Despite the rain, more than 50 per cent of our seats in vocational courses were filled by Saturday afternoon,” said R.K. Pagdhare from DG Ruparel College in Matunga.
The college has 235 seats for vocational courses in science, of which 140 have already been filled. Similarily, at Mithibai College in Vile Parle, more than half of the 25 seats for the open category of the science vocational courses have been filled.
“We have 79 seats for vocational course, but our minority quota has been filled,” said Swapna Durve, vice principal, Mithibai College.
Students braved the rain on Saturday to pay their fees. “I did not want to take a risk and wait till Monday,” said Jitesh Mehta, a student.