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No glitches on Day 1 of online admissions

About 20 per cent of city students who passed Class 10 submitted applications to junior colleges online on Friday, the first day of a largely glitch-free admission process.

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2010 02:30 IST
Bhavya Dore

About 20 per cent of city students who passed Class 10 submitted applications to junior colleges online on Friday, the first day of a largely glitch-free admission process.

In addition to the 55,326 students who submitted their forms online, several thousands of the 2.7 lakh students have also applied offline through colleges' minority quotas. About 1.8 lakh others were in various stages of filling up their forms through the online process.

The online admission process was marred by glitches for the past two years that it has been in operation. The server has, for instance, crashed because of huge traffic.

Also, this year, instead of having to submit their forms at designated centres, students can submit forms at their own schools. Students and teachers were also trained in advance on how to fill forms.

"We learnt from our mistakes and planned accordingly," said an education department official.

Rekha Jagasia, principal of Kamla High School at Khar, said, "We were able to help students on a one-to-one basis, so things became far easier."

Some ICSE schools, though, faced initial problems because the state government had to alter its software for online admissions after the Supreme Court extended the Best-5 option to ICSE schools on Tuesday.

On Friday morning, the education department sent a circular to ICSE schools asking them to make their students fill the forms again.

"Initially the forms wouldn't open," said Paul Machado, principal of Campion School at Cooperage.

"But after the clarification, things went off smoothly. So far, so good."