State education minister Rajendra Darda has given the education department 10 days to get the online admissions system for junior college into place, he said on Thursday.
“I have given the department and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited, the company which has formulated the process, 10 days to get the whole system in place. Whatever is needed, including high-capacity servers need to be in place,” said Darda.
This will be the third year of the online admissions process. The first year was marred by glitches such as the server crashing and students being allotted wrong colleges.
Officials from the education department said they were aiming to further simplify the admission form.
“Instead of asking students to list 25 college preferences we are thinking of limiting it to 10 preferences,” said the official.
“Also, instead of asking students to list preferences according to college, area and then their residence, we are thinking of removing the area preference altogether.”
Last year, 4,000-odd students were left without seats. Most of them were students from south Mumbai, the official said.
Department officials and college principals will convene at a meeting in two days to discuss and decide on the changes to be brought into the process this year.