Priyal Vora, 15, was allotted a college in Juhu that she had never listed as one of her five preferences on the online admissions form. But in order to be able to make it to the second list of a higher preference college, she will have to accept provisional admission at the one she has been allotted.
“Why were we allotted a college we never asked for?” asked her mother Rupal. “My daughter will now have to provisionally accept this seat.”
Students have to accept provisional admission if they make it to any college’s first merit list, but can only improve their standing once thereafter.
Others such as Rupal Gaur trickled into the deputy director's office on Wednesday with other complaints. Valentina Bhowal (15) has been allotted a seat in Ruia — her first preference college, but mistakenly in its Marathi-medium section.
“My school made an error filling the form which was not reflected in the form and we came to know after the first list was out,” said Bhowal. “Neither the education department nor the college is telling me how this can be corrected.”
Students who appeared for the IGCSE exam got their final grades on Thursday, but those who wish to apply to junior colleges cannot do so until September 1, once the online process is completed. “We cannot bring them into the admissions process at this stage,” said SR Chouhan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.