Students thronged St Andrew’s College in Bandra on Monday to buy degree college admission ‘coupons’. For the first time this year, the college will be carrying out the admission process for the first-year degree college courses online.
After having bought coupons, students will punch a unique number mentioned on the coupon, to access admission forms on the college website. They can then fill in and submit the form on the website.
St Andrew’s sold 500 such admission coupons on the first day of the sale of admission forms for degree college admissions on Monday.
“We realised we were spending a lot of time and energy in typing the data and then creating the lists,” said Marie Fernandes, the college’s principal. “This is more convenient and easier for everyone.”
While the junior college admission process went online in 2008, manual procedure was followed for the admissions to degree colleges. St Andrew’s is one of the first few colleges in the city to introduce an online process for its degree college applications. St Xavier’s College in Dhobi Talao had done so for the first time in 2009.
Degree colleges across the city saw a rush of students even though students can continue to buy forms until June 14.
“Many students came to collect the forms today,” said Manju Nichani, principal of KC College in Churchgate. “On the first day, we found that the most sought-after were forms for Bachelor of Mass Media, Bachelor of Management Studies and Bachelor of Accounting and Finance courses, not so much for BSc and BA courses.”
At Ruparel College in Matunga, which sold more than 500 forms on Monday, many students arrived early in the morning even before the counter had opened. “But there is no point in rushing now because students will not be able to submit the forms until they get their final marksheets,” said the college’s principal, Tushar Desai.
So far, HSC students have only received their marksheets online, and will receive the hard copies of their marksheets from their respective junior colleges starting June 6. That is also when colleges will receive consolidated data from the board on their students’ HSC performance.
So far, with colleges unable to access their college results or find out their toppers, and with the board doing away with its policy of announcing division-wise toppers, it is unclear what the degree college cut-offs would be.