To avoid the chaos that takes place each year during the FYJC admissions and ensure that the GR issued in 2009 on online and transparent admission procedure is implemented, an expert committee of senior education officials met in Pune over two days to review the admission procedure for Mumbai and Pune regions.
The meeting, chaired by N K Jarag, director of higher and secondary education, took place at SCERT campus where officials suggested various measures to ensure FYJC admissions are done in a uniform and transparent manner. The suggestions will now be finalised and submitted to the state government which will in turn present it to the Bombay High Court, which is hearing a case on the junior college admissions process.
Officials said while it was decided that all admissions would be conducted 100 percent online, officials suggested giving zone-wise admissions and compulsory registrations in online CAP process even for quota admissions. Dinkar Patil, joint director, higher and secondary education, said the idea of zone-wise admissions was mooted to avoid multiple rounds of admissions, especially for reasons like far-off colleges allotted to students, which happened in many cases in Pune this year. In Mumbai, admissions are already being given on zone-wise basis.
“The suggestion was that students should first get benefit of a common admission round where they can ask for a college of their choice, wherever it might be in the city. If they fall within the merit criteria, they might be given admission there. If not, the city could be divided into nine zones and students could be given the college of their choice which falls in their geographical zone,” said a senior education official.
Meanwhile, Patil added that another suggestion was to ensure that each student should be registered in the online centralised admission process.
“Currently the students who take admission in minority or in-house quota of colleges do not get registered through CAP process. This means that we have no records of those students. Now, we have suggested that irrespective of which quota they take admissions, students must fill Part I of CAP entry form online and this would be done at the school level itself,” said the official.