More than 1.49 lakh seats are available for admission to junior colleges in the general quota through the online process this year.
Minority-run colleges will fill the 66,505 minority quota seats through the offline process. Last year, colleges surrendered 18,881 seats post minority admissions. They might this year as well.
“We always surrender some seats as they are never completely filled,” said T Shiware, principal of Hinduja College on Charni Road.
Some of the most sought after colleges, including Jai Hind College in Churchgate, St Xavier’s College in Dhobi Talao and Mithibai College in Vile Parle, are minority-run institutions. Such institutions, run by Christian, Sindhi and Gujarati trusts, have 50% seats for minority groups, making admissions through the open category that much more competitive.
As per freshly compiled data, Mumbai has 185 minority-run junior colleges compared to 164 non-minority junior colleges. Though the city has more minority colleges, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region has 364 non-minority colleges and 317 minority-run colleges.
While the city’s south zone has 51 minority institutions compared to 36 non-minority ones, the west zone has 80 minority colleges against 68 others.
The north zone is the only zone with more non-minority colleges (60) than minority ones (54). This is the first time the department has compiled such data.