Offline lists released, slight rise in cut-offs
College cut-offs stayed high or rose slightly when some top city junior colleges released their offline lists on Tuesday. HT reports.mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2011 00:53 IST
College cut-offs stayed high or rose slightly when some top city junior colleges released their offline lists on Tuesday. Colleges can continue the offline admission process depending on their vacancies, but can only admit students with marks higher than the cut-off of the third online general merit list.
At Sathaye College the offline list closed on the same percentage as the third list for science at 91.8%. At St Andrew’s the science cut-off rose by three percentage points to close at 85%, while at Ruia College it rose by a few marks. At Jai Hind College, there was no formal merit list but students were only admitted if they had marks higher than the cut off. Ruparel College will release its final list on Wednesday.
“The fact that the department is even telling colleges to admit students higher than the cut-off is itself illogical,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College.
Principals are now more focussed about getting on with the term, teaching the syllabus and conducting the unit tests before the Diwali break. “Our teachers are confident about completing the syllabus in time,” said Shobhana Vasudevan, principal of RA Podar College in Matunga. “We may hold extra lectures, we will work something out.”
The deputy director of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), whose office conducts admissions, usually issues guidelines to junior colleges on conducting the unit tests.
“If we don’t hear from the department, we will go ahead and plan our test schedule,” said Tushar Desai, principal of Ruparel College. The exam committee of the college will meet this week to decide on the matter.
The education department is unclear on the timeline for colleges to conduct their tests. “We will write to the director of education in Pune for guidance on the matter, following which we will take a decision,” said an official from the deputy director of education (MMR) office. However, the director of education, GK Mhamane said it would be for the deputy director’s office to decide.