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Seats still vacant at coveted colleges

Alifiya Lakdawala (15), who scored 83.5 per cent at Class 10, is glad that various junior colleges still have seats vacant.

mumbai Updated: Aug 24, 2010 01:52 IST
Yashshri Soman
Yashshri Soman
Hindustan Times

Alifiya Lakdawala (15), who scored 83.5 per cent at Class 10, is glad that various junior colleges still have seats vacant.

The Bandra resident secured provisional admission at MMK College after the first list.

Her name did not appear in the second list at NM or Mithibai College, her more preferred colleges.

“I am hoping that I will make it through NM or Mithibai in the third list at least,” said Lakdawala.

Lakdawala is among many students who have their hopes pinned on the third merit list to get into their preferred colleges. Students who have secured admission in the second list, which was declared on August 19, could pay their fees till Monday afternoon.

After the admissions shut, there are still seats vacant in several coveted colleges so a third list is likely in all colleges.

“Many students who had secured admission in the science stream cancelled it after they secured it in the colleges closer to their house they want to save on travel time,” said Father Frazer Mascarenhas, principal, St Xavier’s College at Dhobi Talao which has 40 vacant seats in the science stream.

Some other colleges had lots of vacancies in science.

At Ruparel College at Matunga, there are 75 seats vacant in science, at Jai Hind College 29 are vacant and at Sathaye there are 50 vacant seats.

Arts still seems to have no takers. At the end of the second list, there were still 14,000 vacancies in arts. The number does not seem to have changed.

“It is shocking that our college has 150 vacant seats in the arts stream and no students seem to be interested in opting for it,” said Kavita Rege, principal, Sathaye College at Vile Parle.

Some principals also felt that their schools did not guide the students properly.

“We had students who had cleared our cut-offs but had filled in wrong college preferences and so could not secure admission at our college,” said a principal on condition of anonymity.

According to the data sent by the education department, 21,086 students were admitted in the second general merit list in Class 11 while 72 were rejected, 104 cancelled their admission and 30,240 did not report for securing admission.

A total number of 51,502 students were allotted seats in the second general merit list.

The third general merit list will be declared on August 26 at 5 pm.

First Published: Aug 24, 2010 01:51 IST