20 of 35 new junior colleges in MMR to open in Thane
Around 5,200 seats will be up for grabs in these new colleges. The 35 colleges have most divisions in the science stream (27), followed by commerce (25) and arts (13Updated: May 18, 2019 00:40 IST
Of the 35 new junior colleges that will open in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) this academic year, 20 are in Thane, seven in Mumbai West, five in Mumbai North, two in south Mumbai and one in Panvel, according to the education department.
Around 5,200 seats will be up for grabs in these new colleges. The 35 colleges have most divisions in the science stream (27), followed by commerce (25) and arts (13).
Principals said the approval for new seats in unaided colleges is worrying.
“With most science aspirants wanting to join a college which allows them to take coaching for competitive exams, unaided colleges are interested in getting science divisions. This is defeating the purpose of junior colleges, as many existing colleges are struggling to retain students,” said Satram Verhani, vice-principal, CHM College, Ulhasnagar.
The admission portal for FYJC will be open for students from May 25, after which they can fill out part 1 of their admission forms, which includes their personal details. This year, 849 colleges in MMR will be open for admissions.
“Information booklets for the admission process will reach guidance centres and schools by May 25, after which the portal will be opened,” said Bhaskarrao Babar, assistant director of education, Mumbai region.
“Students will get detailed information on how to apply through the booklet and
from their respective schools and guidance centres,” said Babar.