As admission season begins, Mumbai colleges prep to counsel students
Be it admission to degree courses or the more competitive junior college courses, colleges are equipping themselves to answer queries.mumbai Updated: Jun 04, 2018 11:38 IST
With the Class 12 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results announced last week and the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations results scheduled to be announced this week, colleges are preparing for the admission season.
Be it admission to degree courses or the more competitive junior college courses, colleges are equipping themselves to answer queries from aspirants. While many institutes wait until after admissions to clear the doubts of students, a handful of institutes are ready to help students even before the process begins. Be it conducting workshops or organising help desks for students, various institutes are going all in to guide the new batch of students.
St Andrew’s College in Bandra has been selected as a help centre for junior college aspirants for some time now. The institute welcomes students and their queries and helps them find answers to questions on courses and seats. “The help centre apart, our college doors are always open to students. It’s a regular sight to find Class 10 students and their parents visit our campus and seek clarity either with the admissions process, or their confusion with which course to choose for junior college,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College.
UPG College in Vile Parle encourages students to apply for short-term certificate courses throughout the summer vacations. This year, the Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM), which runs many colleges in Vile Parle including UPG College and Mithibai College, organised a career fair for all interested Class 10 students. “This is an annual fair and we invite experts from various fields to come under one roof and help clear doubts of students. The aim is to make their transition from school to college as smooth as possible,” said Anju Kapoor principal of UPG College. She added that students were also introduced to career counsellors, to help them understand the options available in higher education for their benefit.
At Bandra’s R D National College, a help desk will be set up as soon as state education board’s SSC results are announced. “Once the junior college admission schedule is out, many students come to the college with numerous questions and we make sure a help desk is in place for them. Their questions can range from which course or stream to choose or how to handle curricular and co-curricular activities in college – our help desk is always at their service,” said Dinesh Panjwani, principal.
School students are using these services to the best of their advantage. “Just because I score well in my exam does not mean I’ll be interested in science courses. After sitting for a workshop in a city college I realised how arts too has various career options and that’s exactly what I’ll be choosing during admissions,” said Siyona Mascarenhas, an ICSE student, who hopes to bag a seat in St Xavier’s College this year.
The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has selected some city colleges as help centres for the upcoming junior college admissions. Students and parents are allowed to visit the campus and seek clarity with any admission-related problems including the form-filling process, which has already begun.
City colleges have also set up help desks for Class 10 and 12 students, and their parents. Counsellors have also been placed on help desks for those unsure about the college and course they should choose.