After a month-long ordeal of the online junior college admissions, Porus Dubash, 15, is finally relieved after being assured an offline seat at a Parel-based college.
“The offline admission procedure was a lot easier than the entire online confusion. I wish the education department had introduced the offline option a little earlier,” said Dubash, who was allotted a seat in the all girls’ arts section of Burhani College in the online lists.
The online admissions were completed on Wednesday with colleges confirming the allotments of students, whose names appeared on the third list that was declared on Monday.
However, confusion and chaos persisted on the campus. “There were a few students who used the betterment option to secure seats in our college. These students however, haven’t cancelled their provisional admission seats at the previous colleges, causing a lot of confusion,” said Swapna Durve, vice-principal, Mithibai College. “I have notified such students to cancel their admissions at the earliest. Only then will we get a clear idea about the vacancies for the offline seats,” she added.
Even at Jai Hind College, the authorities struggled to deal with the huge turnout of students. “Students and their parents approached us with applications. The online procedure has caused a lot of chaos, but we are hoping to seal the entire admission procedure by this weekend,” said Jyoti Thakur, a junior college coordinator, Jai Hind College.
The education board is planning to regularise the offline admissions. “We will be sending circulars to all the colleges, giving them clear-cut guidelines on the offline procedure. Students who did not make it anywhere can contact their guidance centres for help and directly apply offline,” said an official.
This year, the redesigned online application form, which required students to list 35 college options, was meant to preempt this problem, but did not seem to have worked.
“The online procedure delayed the commencement of classes as well. We will now begin lectures from August 16,” said Harsha Mehta, principal, SIES College.