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Junior college admissions: Mumbai parents plan protest as kids don’t get college of choice

Parents complain that despite scoring well, may students have been left in a lurch due to the revised seat matrix, following a court order.

mumbai Updated: Jul 21, 2018 11:58 IST
Ankita Bhatkhande
Ankita Bhatkhande
Hindustan Times
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The court order has left many top scorers without seats in their preferred colleges. (HT File Photo)

The second round of admissions for the first-year junior colleges (FYJC) across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) began on Thursday. The parents of students, who could not secure admission in the college of their choice, will protest outside the office of the deputy director of education today.

The parents complained that despite scoring well, several aspirants are left in lurch due to the revised seat matrix, with students being anxious about what lies ahead.

“My daughter scored 92.6% in her board exam, but has not been able to get the college of her first preference. The earlier matrix showed that there are over 100 seats at NM College. But after the court order came in, they all had to be returned to the college to fill the minority quota seats” Pankaj Jain, a parent from Malad said.

On Friday, HT had reported that due to a court order, minority colleges had to surrender the seats kept available for general category students, changing the entire seat matrix. The order has left many top scorers without seats in their preferred colleges.

“The whole system seems disorganised. Students are left with no other option but to settle for colleges with lower cut offs because they don’t want to take any risk after this mess,” said another parent.

The most prominent colleges in the city did not have a second merit list at all. However, almost all of these colleges still have a lot of unfilled seats from the minority quota that were not passed on to the general category for the second round.

Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College, Churchgate, said: “Students who were interested in securing a seat under the quota have already done so. Now most of the pending seats would be left vacant till the end of the admission procedure for minority seats, as there are no more takers left. On the other hand, we have to turn away students from the non-quota categories because we have no seats left under the general category.”

Today is the last day to secure admissions under the second merit list. Until Friday evening, the state education department was yet to upload a revised seat matrix on the basis of which students can decide whether or not they want to confirm admission in the college allotted on the basis of seat vacancies.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 11:58 IST