With the school education department making it mandatory for all FYJC aspirants – including those seeking admission to quota seats – to first apply online, colleges will be asked to complete minority quota admissions before the general category admissions begin, and take applications for management seats towards the end.
Till last year, minority quota admissions would continue alongside the regular admission process. The second and third lists for minority students would be announced around the same time as the first or second general merit lists. But this year, colleges will be asked to wrap up the minority quota admissions early, even though they will be done at the college level.
“We will instruct colleges to complete the minority admissions before the online admissions begin so that students who get seats under the minority quota move out of the online system. Colleges will be asked to keep seats under the management quota open till the last round. This will give students who did not get into a college of their choice during online or offline admissions, a chance to apply for seats under the management quota,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Once a student gets a seat, his or her name will be struck out from the online system. The student will be required to submit an admission cancellation letter if he or she wants to cancel his or her minority admission to secure admission in a college allotted online.
Third-party auditors will be appointed to ensure all the admissions are given on merit. “If five seats are vacant and they get 200 applications, the seats have to be filled as per the student’s merit,” said an official from the department.
Colleges said they are awaiting instructions from the department. “If we will have to conduct minority admissions earlier than last year, the department needs to inform us soon,” said Jyoti Thakur, former vice-principal and executive coordinator of the managing board, Jai Hind College.
Thakur said they have been conducting admissions to management seats towards the end of the regular admission process. “If we open our management admissions early, even high-scoring students line up for it because they are unsure about getting in through the regular admission process,” said Thakur.