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Jr college academic year on schedule

mumbai Updated: Jul 23, 2010 00:47 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
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Despite the delay in junior colleges admissions, the academic schedule will not be affected, at least for now, the education department said on Thursday.

Last year, the delayed junior college admission process led to colleges canceling the first term unit tests and they had to hold classes during the holidays to compensate for lost time. “Nothing will change, everything will go as per schedule," said SR Chouhan, deputy director of education.

“The government will take a decision later if there is a time crunch.” Chouhan added that there were no immediate plans to cancel the first term unit tests, or ask colleges to conduct classes during the holidays.

The admissions process was delayed this year, for a third time, as some parents of ICSE students challenged the state government’s Best-Five scheme for SSC students in the Bombay High Court.

After the high court scrapped the system, the state government then won an appeal in the Supreme Court, which, in an interim order, stated that the Best Five scheme be extended to ICSE students as well.

While minority institutions have already begun to declare their minority quota merit lists, the first general merit list will be out on July 30.

The state education department has received close to 1.9 lakh application forms through the online junior college admission process till date.

There are still four days left for students to submit their forms, but at least 70 per cent of those who passed Class 10 in the city have already done so.