After four days of smooth online admissions, on Tuesday morning several students were unable to submit their forms because the server was shut down to make software changes for two hours between 11.30 and 1.30 pm.
“At around 1.15 pm when students tried to submit but they could not log on. However, we waited and within 15 minutes we were able to resume the process,” said Rohit Bhat, principal of Children’s Academy at Kandivli.
Education department officials, however, said that the problem lasted only for 30 minutes.
“Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited was making some changes in its software which is why they had to shut down the server,” said an official. “It is unlikely that this will recur.”
Students, too, seemed to take the glitch in their stride.
“Officials at the guidance centre told us the servers were down but would start working soon, so we did not panic,” said a student standing in queue at Seth G.H. High School and Junior College at Borivli, who did not wish to be named.
More than 60 per cent students who passed Class 10 in the city this year have already submitted their admission forms online. The final date for submissions is July 26.
“We will receive most of the forms within the next two days but the admission schedule will remain the same, we will not abbreviate it,” said an education department official.
The admission process for students who appeared for the Allowed To Keep Term (ATKT) exam in October last year will have to submit forms after all the admission lists are out.
They will be given admissions depending on availability of seats after admissions of students who passed in the first attempt are done.
This is this the third year of the online admissions. The previous two years saw major gliches during admission as servers crashed.