There is hope for students wanting to secure seats in some of the top junior colleges in the city. At the end of the first round of admissions of the general merit, 25 per cent to 60 per cent of seats remain vacant in many of these colleges.
Friday was the last day for students on the first list to pay their fees and secure seats. The remaining seats will be released in the second list that will be announced on August 19.
“It is incredible that so many of our science seats have remained unfilled. Usually, most get filled quickly,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College at Vile Parle. On Friday evening, 190 of the 480 science seats at Sathaye remained unclaimed.
Seats in the science stream in particular remained vacant at several top colleges. At Ruparel College, 200 of 332 were vacant, at Jai Hind 110 of 252, at St Xavier’s 41 of 160 and at Birla College 150 of 600.
“Students might have applied in more than one stream and taken admission elsewhere,” said Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College at Churchgate. “Many would have secured seats in vocational courses.” But while principals say cut-offs will drop, they say it won’t be by much.