Additional seats in first year courses across streams have been sanctioned in 20 Mumbai University-affiliated colleges so far, including those in the competitive self-financing courses.
Popular colleges such as Hinduja College in Charni Road, Khalsa College in Matunga and Birla College in Kalyan are among those that have been granted the extra seats they had applied for, applicable in this academic year.
The decision to sanction the seats was taken at the academic council meeting last month, but the official circular was issued to colleges on Saturday.
Fifty-seven colleges have applied for extra seats this year. The university is still scrutinising the remaining applications. “The colleges that applied for extra seats and complied with the regulations have been granted them,” said Naresh Chandra, pro-vice chancellor of the university. “The seats have been sanctioned on the basis of the college’s infrastructure and seating capacity. The remaining applications are being processed.”
For regular courses (BA, BCom and BSc), colleges can get a maximum of 10% extra seats of the total division size of 120, which translates to an additional 12 seats.
For self-financing courses such as BCom (Accounting and Finance), BCom (Banking and Insurance), BMS and BMM, colleges can get 15% in addition to the division capacity of 60 – nine seats. However, not all colleges have applied for the maximum possible extra seats.
“We had earlier told students on the waiting list that we would be able to accommodate them if the university sanctioned the extra seats,” said T Shiware, principal of Hinduja College, Charni Road. “Now, we will call and inform them.”
The university on Tuesday issued a circular extending the deadline for colleges to fill up their vacancies until Jul 13. The extension for degree college admissions had lapsed on June 30.
Some colleges are still waiting to hear back on their applications for extra seats. “This is the first time we have applied for extra seats because there has been a lot of pressure on our existing divisions over the years,” said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College in Vile Parle.