With the admission booklet in hand and an option to list 30 junior colleges, Dristi Jain, 15, was well prepared to fill the Class 11 online admission form on Monday.
“The website superseded my expectations,” said Jain, who gave her Class 10 board exams from Bombay Cambridge School. Jain wants to pursue science and her preferred college is Sathaye College at Vile Parle.
The state education department’s online admission website (http://fyjc.org.in/mumbai) became accessible to Class 11 aspirants on Monday.
“The website is user-friendly and explains the procedure of filling the form in a simple and detailed manner. It also provides an elaborate list of guidance centres where volunteers would assist students,” said Jain.
Like last year, the Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) is handling and developing the website. “The admission form has been redesigned this year to ensure that all applicants are assigned colleges through the admission procedure,” said an official from the education department.
In April, the department had conducted training sessions for principals across all boards who in turn have trained the students and their parents.
“The fact that there are more instructions in English and a provision for redressal system makes it a better package than what it was last year,” said Kusum Kanwar, head (school operations), Billabong High School, adding that dividing the admission form into four parts will hopefully make it easier for students to log in.
Even Laxmikant Vaidya from the parents’ organisation, Maha Palak Sanstha, is glad that most of the suggestions made by his group, have been incorporated in the website. “Last year, students complained about the confusion caused because of the online-offline admission options,” said Vaidya, adding that the board made a wise decision by distributing booklets well in advance this year. “We are hoping that this online procedure does not result in any possible confusion during the actual admissions, while putting up the lists,” he added.
Some students, however, found it exhausting to identify 30 college codes to be filled in the online form, and instead claimed that they could make do with just about 20 options.
“Locating 30 college codes in the booklet and then fill them up online was an ordeal,” said Riya Mehta, 15, a Class 10 student, Walsingham High School, Malabar Hill.