The three-hour delay in releasing the first merit list (vocational courses) for junior colleges on Friday was due to a technical glitch.
The admission lists for individual colleges were ready on time but they were not prepared in descending order of percentages, said a member of the Online Admissions Core Committee.
“The admission list has to be in order of merit. We did not want to cause any confusion among students,” said the member.
This explains why students could find out their admission status by feeding their form numbers but colleges were unable to access their entire merit list on Friday.
The headquarters of the state education department’s technical partner in the online admissions process, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd, is located in Pune. “The person handling the online admissions from Pune was in Mumbai for two days before the list came out, to train principals. Hence there was some delay in finishing some of the work,” said SR Chouhan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Chouhan said after the initial hiccup, junior college admissions were back on track.
This is the first year that the merit lists for vocational courses were announced before the general lists. Last year, both were announced simultaneously.
“It was a good idea to separate the lists so colleges have to deal with less students at a time,” said Vijaylakshmi Bhat, vice-principal, Bhavan’s College. “The process was smoother than last year.”
On Saturday, colleges began to surrender their vacant seats from the in-house, minority and management quotas to the department. These will then be made available in the subsequent list for general category students.
‘we deserve better’
Jeet Mehta (15)
With a high score of 95.8 per cent in the SSC exam, Mehta did not manage to secure admission at Ruia College, which was his top preference. The Ghatkopar resident was also allotted five extra marks for securing the ‘A’ grade at the intermediate drawing exam and another five marks for being a part of the Scouts and Guides program at his school. “I am disappointed and I don’t know how much more I should have scored,” said Mehta. “I hope to make it at least through Ruia in the second merit list.” Mehta has secured provisional admission for the electronics subject at SIES College, which was his second preference.
Rohan Ranshinge (16)
The ICSE student made it to the science (vocational) course at Girgaum’s Wilson College, which was his sixth preference. “I hope to get into KC or Jai Hind in the subsequent lists,” said Ranshinge. The cut off at KC College for the unaided science course with electronics was 93.45 per cent. The Tardeo resident secured provisional admission at Wilson in the unaided section of the electronics subject. Though Wilson College is closer to his house, he feels that he deserved a better college with his score. With his eyes set on the engineering entrance exam, Ranshinge has already started coaching classes for Class 11.