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Tense evening for students, parents

The three-hour delay in declaring the first-year admissions to the bifocal (vocational) streams in junior colleges on Friday left several students and parents anxious. Yashshri Soman reports.

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2010 00:51 IST

The three-hour delay in declaring the first-year admissions to the bifocal (vocational) streams in junior colleges on Friday left several students and parents anxious.

At 4.30 pm, about 10 students were gathered outside Ruia College at Matunga ready to scan the first merit list that was to be put up after 5 pm. “We waited for more than an hour but no list was put up. We were told it would be declared at 7.30 pm, so we decided to go home and check the data online,” said Monica Jain (15), who scored 93.10 per cent in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) exam. It was only after 8 pm that Jain found out she had not made it to Ruia College, which was her first preference for science.

“I have been doing the rounds of several colleges, but they said the list would be put up only on Saturday,” said M. Seetharam, whose daughter scored 91.8per cent in the SSC exam.

By late evening, campuses were deserted as most students gave up waiting and decided to check their admission status online. “We did not get any notification regarding this delay. It was only when we called up the deputy director’s office did they inform us about the delay,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College at Vile Parle.

At Ruia, a group of girls anxiously kept checking their mobile phones expecting a to receive a message at 5.30 pm.

Priyanka Patil, who scored 90.73 per cent in the SSC exam, said she was waiting at the college as she did not have access to an computer to check her admission status. It was only after 8.30 pm that one of her friends informed her that she had got admission to MD College, her 12th option.

“I am not happy, but I plan to take provisional admission at MD College anyway,” she said.