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FYJC admissions: Students get seats in colleges they didn’t opt for, allege tampering of forms

Officials from the education department say they received similar complaints from several students

mumbai Updated: Jul 25, 2017 09:16 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
 More than two lakh students were allotted seats in the two admission rounds conducted between July 12 and 24
 More than two lakh students were allotted seats in the two admission rounds conducted between July 12 and 24(Representational photo )

Confusion prevailed on the last day of online admissions for the second round to first year junior college (FYJC) on Monday. Hundreds of students thronged the education department’s office complaining that they were admitted to colleges they did not opt for, while some alleged that colleges tampered with their applications. 

 More than two lakh students were allotted seats during the two admission rounds conducted between July 12 and 24. The education department said that close to 80,000 students, of those alloted seats, have confirmed their admissions.

 Rohan Lohar, who was allotted the college of his third preference, Adarsh Vidyamandir in Badlapur, in the first round, said the college finalised his admission without his consent. Rohan said he merely purchased the admission form from the college, but did not fill it or submit any documents because he was waiting to secure a seat in a better college in the following rounds.  

But Lohar was unable to change his preferences after the first round, as his form was locked. Inquiry revealed that the Badlapur college had accepted his application and reserved a seat in his name. As per rules, colleges must admit students only after they submit the forms and original documents. 

“We were surprised after discovering that the college had admitted our son without our consent. Forget about documents, we didn’t even submit the admission form,” said Anil Lohar, Rohan’s father, who has escalated the issue with state education minister Vinod Tawde.  

Since the college had admitted Lohar, his name did not appear in the second list. He can no longer apply for colleges in the upcoming rounds.

“My son has missed out on two rounds because of the college’s mistake,” said Anil. “We have requested the college to cancel his admission and asked the department to include his name in the upcoming rounds. But nothing has been done so far.” 

Officials from the education department said they received similar complaints from several students. However, they blamed the students for buying admission forms from colleges they did not want to seek admissions at.

“Colleges cannot be blamed entirely for this error,” said a senior official from deputy directorate of education, Mumbai region. “If students didn’t want admissions, they shouldn’t have approached those college. It created confusion.”  

The official said though colleges were wrong to admit students, they might have done it for the student’s benefit. “Colleges have only two days to admit students allotted to them. So they might have admitted all the students who reported to them during that period so that the students do not miss out on a seat,” the official added.  

The other problem

Some of the help centres complained that a few schools attached to junior colleges changed students preference on their own. “Schools had the students login ID and password, as they filled forms from there. They made the changes to their forms so that the students were allotted their colleges,” said an official from Nysa Asia, technical partner for admissions.

However, officials said it is impossible to tamper with forms without students’ knowledge. “The preferences are changed only after a student submits a print out of the form and gets it stamped from the department,” said Rajendra Ahire, assistant deputy director of education. “The department is probing into these allegations.”  

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 00:25 IST

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