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SSC student challenges online system, moves HC

The online process for junior college admissions has come under the scanner as a Thane-based student has challenged its exclusion of the option to choose bifocal subjects.

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2012 00:29 IST
HT Correspondent

The online process for junior college admissions has come under the scanner as a Thane-based student has challenged its exclusion of the option to choose bifocal subjects.

The bifocal system allows students to opt for a technical subject instead of a second language. Unlike previous years, the bifocal option will be granted at the college level this year, not during the online process.

Acting on a petition filed by 15-year-old Vaishnavi Kulkarni, a division bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice Mridula Bhatkar on Friday directed the state government to file an affidavit and posted the matter for further hearing on June 27.

Kulkarni’s counsel, Madhav Jamdar argued that the system might hamper the prospects of students who wished to opt for one of the bifocal subjects, as they cannot the online procedure requires them to stick to a higher priority college, should they get in. This means that they might have to settle with a bifocal subject that is not of their choosing, in case they are not eligible for the subject in that particular college.

Government pleader SK Shinde, argued that the authorities have already received 1,89,77 applications and it would not be proper, at this stage, to interfere with the admission process.