The online admission system has left many students who wish to apply to bi-focal streams for junior college in a dilemma.
This year, the admission to the bi-focal courses, which allows students to opt for a technical subject instead of a second language, will be held after the online admissions are completed. While the student has to apply for the stream online, he or she will only be allotted a seat in the science (general) stream. Colleges will later decide on the students’ bi-focal subject once they have already been admitted to the college.
This poses a potential problem for students such as Harsh Sonijara, 15, who scored 92.36 % in the Class 10 exams, but did not get into the college of his choice. “I will have to secure a provisional admission in some college to be part of the online admission process. Despite that, there is no guarantee that I will secure a bi-focal seat as the admissions will happen offline based on merit,” he said. The bi-focal list will be declared on July 12.
Students are unhappy with the admission procedure for the bi-focal courses. Last week, Vaishnavi Kulkarni, a Class 10 student had challenged the exclusion of the option to choose bi-focal subjects online before the Bombay high court (HC). On Wednesday, the HC dismissed the petition.
According to students, the system might hamper their prospects if they wish to opt for the bifocal subjects as the online procedure requires them to stick to the college they got into.
“Many students will be stuck with science (general), when they would have got a bifocal subject elsewhere. Students should be able to choose the subject, not the college,” said Swapna Durve, junior college coordinator at Mithibai College, Vile Parle.
Principals say not being allowed to choose bi-focal subject might hamper students’ chances of getting into competitive institutes after Class 12.