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Too few seats, too many students for vocational courses

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2010 01:56 IST

Close to 26,000 students will vie for the remaining 2,757 junior college seats in the science and commerce vocational courses in the second round of admissions.

On Monday — the last date for students who made it to the first merit list to secure admissions — at least 75 per cent seats in several coveted colleges such as Ruparel, Sathaye, Jai Hind and Birla College had been filled.

A total of 31,131 students had applied for 7,859 seats in vocational courses. By Monday, 5,148 students secured admission (confirmed or provisional). This leaves 25,983 competing for the remaining 2,757 seats (including the 46 seats the department had held in reserve). The second merit list is due on August 5.

“All the seats are likely to be filled by the second list as the vocational courses are very popular,” said an education department official.

Principals said cut-offs for the second lists for vocational courses would drop marginally. “I don’t see the second list cut-off decreasing significantly,” said Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate. Last year, the second vocational merit list at Jai Hind closed at 93 per cent.

Students who got into their preferred colleges are pleased. “I was elated to get into Mithibai College, which was my first preference,” said Prerna Joshi, who had secured 95.09 per cent in the SSC exam. Apart from the 2,667 students who did not report to secure admission, despite being on the first merit list, 44 students were rejected.