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Mumbai FYJC admissions: 1.05 lakh seats vacant but 98,000 students haven’t got even one

Most students have taken admissions to coveted Mumbai colleges.

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2017 09:26 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,FYJC admissions,Round 2
Lesser-known colleges have a lot of seats but no takers.(HT FILE)

Around 43% seats of first year junior college (FYJC) sections in colleges remained vacant after the second round of admissions got over on Wednesday. Of the total 2.4 lakh seats, more than 1.05 lakh did not find any takers when around 98,000 students were left without a seat. Reason: most of these seats are in lesser-known colleges.

The state’s education department released a list of vacancies in city colleges on Wednesday. It was uploaded online for students to refer to while applying for the third round of admissions that will begin on Friday.

The list showed that lesser-known colleges have a lot of seats but no takers. Nirmala Memorial College of Commerce and Science has 1,076 vacant seats in commerce stream and Pratham College has 224 in commerce and 91 in science.“Since these seats are in smaller junior colleges, generally only low scorers opt for them,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. “They usually remain vacant throughout the admission process.”

Another reason is that students securing unaided seats have to pay more for the same courses compared to their counterparts in aided divisions. The annual fee for aided courses is around Rs 700, but for unaided courses colleges charge Rs10,000. “So students do not want to pay so much to study in lesser-known colleges,” said Chavan.

Most students have taken admissions to coveted city colleges, where very few seats are left for the third round.At HR College, Churchgate, one of the most sought after institutes for commerce, all the seats are filled.

It’s a similar story across other commerce colleges. Only three seats are available in Narsee Monjee College, Vile Parle in the aided section, while it’s a full house for their vocational courses such as tourism, hospitality management and marketing and retail management.

Only Vaze Kelkar, Mulund, has 23 seats left in the stream, but those too are in its unaided section, for which the college charges higher fees. There is only one seat vacant in science, and none in arts. “We are expecting more seats in arts stream to become vacant towards the end after colleges surrender unfilled quota seats,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice-principal of the college.

Compared to arts and commerce, more seats are vacant in the science stream. St Xavier’s, Fort, has only a couple of seats vacant in arts, but there is room for 25 students in science. Similarly, Jai Hind, Churchgate, has only nine seats left in arts and but 46 in science. “This year, arts courses are in demand, while not many want to opt for science,” said Ashok Wadia, principal, Jai Hind.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 09:26 IST