At Sathaye College in Vile Parle, 14 students queued up at the campus to cancel the provisional seat they had earlier secured, after being freshly allotted better colleges in the second round of admissions on Monday.
A day after the second merit lists for junior colleges were declared, 1386 out of the total 36,881 students whose names figured in the second list changed their college using the single betterment option available on Tuesday.
“I got into Ramnivas Ruia College, which was my first option. I was not very hopeful that the betterment option would be useful, but I am now relieved to be out of the entire online ordeal,” said Rajivi Dongra, 15, who cancelled her earlier admission into Swami Vivekanand College.
However, college authorities said that even having a single option caused a lot of confusion. “Owing to the betterment option, the entire cancellation and readmission process has turned unduly hectic. It would have been simpler had all students been allotted seats at the end of the first list itself,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College. However, Ashwini Datey, 15, who scored 83% in her Class 10 exam was not so lucky.
She got admission to a college that was her fourth preference in the first list released July 22. She applied for the betterment option but received a message on Monday that “no new allotment was made.”
“I will not be eligible for upgradation in the online procedure. I will probably have to secure an offline seat,” rued Datey.
Ten boys, who were wrongly allotted seats in the arts section of a girls’ college, approached the education department on Tuesday, who told them to file a new application assuring them of a seat on the third list. But this would exhaust their betterment option.
Officials, however, assured that their cases would be considered.