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Campus connect: If not FYJC, what’s next for Pune students? The expert view

Students who do not make it to their desired stream or college must introspect closely and look at various options that are available

pune Updated: Aug 10, 2018 14:59 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Only 2,850 students have confirmed their admissions in the fourth CAP. (HT FILE PHOTO )

Speaking about the scenario, Sheetal Bapat, a career expert and founder ofShyamchi Aai Foundation, said,“There are a number of factors working when a student does not make it through the FYJC procedure. The first and foremost is the lack of realistic choices. Instead of confirming admissions in the previous rounds where they are allotted colleges, many chose to wait hoping to get a better ranking college. Parents and students need to understand thatthe practical move is to get admission in a nearby college so that the student can concentrate on preparing for the undergraduate course.”

Shyamchi Aai Foundation helps young adults to achieve a meaningful synthesis between their inner strengths and the outside world.

The statistics shared by the education department revealed that in each round, only one-third of the students who got allotments to colleges, confirmed their admissions. For instance, in the third CAP round, only 5,801 students have confirmed their admissions out of 17,152 who were allotted seats in the city colleges. And, in the fourth merit list, only 2,850 students have confirmed admissions out of the16,634 seats alloted.

Psychologist Shirisha Sathe looks at the situation with a positive outlook. “ If a student really wants to study and make a career for themselves, they can never be out of options. For instance, even if not a conventional Class 11 education, students can opt for various vocational, skill development certificate and diploma courses. Such courses will not only make them job ready but also help them carve a specialised niche for themselves.

Agreeing Bapat added,“Even though the world is talking about innovation, we are yet to look at career options innovatively. We are no more in the time of industrial revolution. So, we need to look at the newer options both in education and career. To cite an example, an acquaintance of mine did a vocational course in cooking and hospitality and has now emerged as a successful food blogger and designer for various top-notch events.”

Experts pointed out that students could think of doing a course in industrial training institutes( ITI ) or go in for the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), even they are not able to make it to FYJC. “Many students at this stage are often confused about what they truly want to do in their life. Many do not even have their priorities set right, so NIOS gives them the freedom to explore and discover their true potential,” added Bapat.

Bursting the myth that such alternative options do not lead to good employment opportunities, career counsellor, Shreeram Geet said,“It’s a wrong elitist idea that only those who study Class 11 and 12 in junior colleges will get placed well. Many students who have done diploma courses are also doing great. The job market has evolved and it needs skilled people, who can truly work. The job market is no more about just degrees. And, a lot of skill development courses provide greater employment opportunities.”

Timetable

Aug 7 to 10, 11 am to 6 pm: Admission for 4th general merit list:

Aug 9 to 11,11 am to 6 pm: Minority colleges can surrender their minority, in-house and management seats. Non-minority colleges can surrender their in-house and management seats.

Aug 13, 11 am: Display of vacancy for the special round

Aug 13 to 14, 11 am to 6 pm: Filling of Part 1 and Part 2 of admission forms (students will be able to edit their option form)

Aug 18, 11 am: Displaying special round general merit list on the website

Aug 18 to 21, 11 am to 6 pm: Admission for the special round general merit list

Useful links

The National Institute of Open Schooling was established with the motive to increase literacy. A number of institutes like Yashaswi Institute Of Technology, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, and Open University provide special skill development, diploma and certificate courses for Class 10 pass students. Students can do diploma and vocational courses in subjects like accounting, office management etc Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) provide training in various trades including building maintenance and architectural assistance.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 14:59 IST