As the June 7 deadline for submission of University of Mumbai’s degree college admission forms approaches, students are having a hard time making multiple trips to several colleges.
Arjun Roy, 17, has applied to seven colleges. “After I got my ISC marksheet, I had to visit Mithibai College in Vile Parle as well as south Mumbai colleges such as Wilson College and KC College on the same day,” said Roy, a Malad resident.
The obvious question on students’ minds is why the university does not offer the option of centralised online admissions. University of Delhi has introduced online admissions this year along with the paper form option. On Monday, the first day of admissions in Delhi university 18,000 students registered online while 7,500 submitted application forms online.
In Mumbai, at least four colleges affiliated to Mumbai university have an online admission process in place. Most others still follow the old method of accepting manually-filled forms.
A mass media aspirant, Sanjana Ramsay, 17, spent over two hours standing in a queue to obtain and submit her admission form to RD National College, Bandra. She was glad that the other two colleges she applied to had an online application process which she could complete sitting at home on a computer.
St. Xavier’s College, Dhobi Talao, an autonomous college, adopted the online admission process in 2009, much to the convenience of its staff and students. In its initial year, there were minor technical glitches. However, since 2010, the procedure is strictly online. “We started our online admission process in collaboration with NoPaperForms. Students are spared the inconvenience of making multiple trips to the college and makes work simpler for the staff as well,” said Frazer Mascarenhas, principal, St. Xavier’s College.
On the other hand, St. Andrew’s College, Bandra, which had an online application process in 2011, has discontinued it this year. “Since students were not familiar with filling online forms, they tended to make more mistakes. Our staff had a hard time rectifying errors made by students,” said the college principal Marie Fernandes.