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Mumbai junior college admissions: Even high-scorers face a low

mumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2018 00:33 IST
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Admissions began on July 5, when the first list was announced.(HT FILE)

Several Class 10 top scorers failed to get the college of their choice in the second merit list , which was put up on Thursday morning, resulting in widespread chaos among students and parents. Colleges had earlier made unclaimed minority seats open for the general category students, thus giving more scope to general category students to find a college of their preference.

However, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court in its interim order on July 12 , asked the government to permit colleges to fill their minority, in-house and management quota seats till the end of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) rounds.

Following the order, vacant quota seats which were earlier converted into general seats were given back to colleges, thus changing the entire seat matrix. Unaware of what the new seat matrix would look like, students hoped to get into colleges of their choice, which did not happen.

At KC College for instance, the Arts and Science streams have 80 and 70 unfilled seats respectively under the Sindhi minority quota. But there was no second list for general category students. “Students who lost the chance to secure admission to their preferred colleges should wait till seats are surrendered, provided a merit-based additional admission round is conducted,” said Dr Hemlata Bagla, principal, KC College.

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“There are many meritorious students who have lost their chance in their preferred colleges, merely due to the revised seat matrix. Such students should wait till the seats are surrendered, provided a merit-based additional admission round is conducted,” said Dr Hemlata Bagla, the principal of KC College.

In Jai Hind College, Churchgate, there are no seats left in the Arts stream, even as 42 seats under the Sindhi minority quota lie vacant.

Ashok Wadia, the principal of the college, said, “Students are really struggling to get the college of their choice with the revised matrix. While most quota seats would be surrendered in the end, for students it would be a risk to wait for so long without any certainty about getting the college of their choice despite scoring so well.”

“The fear is that good students would miss out on opportunities, as they would not want to take the risk of waiting,” Rajpal Hande, the principal of Mithibai College, Vile Parle said.

In Jai Hind College, there are no seats left in Arts stream, even as 42 seats under the Sindhi minority quota lie vacant. The education department is likely to publish a revised seat matrix on the official admission website today. Students can change their college preferences on July 23 and 24. The third merit list would be declared on July 26.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 00:33 IST