Even as confusion over admissions to undergraduate law courses in Maharashtra lingers on, a meeting was convened by the state higher education department with all principals of law colleges to discuss the admission schedule. As admissions to law courses have become centralised for the first time in the state, principals are a worried lot as they have to deal with a multitude of students coming in with enquiries on one hand, and the prospect of completing the syllabus within a month of colleges opening for the first term examinations on the other.
Though state higher education authorities had uploaded a schedule online, it was a tentative one and has been subject to several changes. The latest change being that the last date of filling online forms has been extended to August 8 instead of August 6, and the college option form would be available after the declaration of the final merit list. What’s worse is that there is discrepancy in the schedules uploaded on two different websites of the state higher education department, both meant to give students information on admissions to law courses.
Meanwhile, worried principals raised the issue of examinations scheduled in October, barely a month after admissions take place. “There were representatives of all the law colleges of Maharashtra in the meeting and this was one of the major issues. Higher education authorities are still collecting and verifying data of the law colleges, their intake capacity and approvals. It appears that the entire admission process is likely to go on till mid-September. Earlier, exams for the mid-term were held in October, but looking at the delay in admissions, it appears that not just Pune University, but all varsities will have to push their admission schedule ahead,” said Shubhada Gholap, principal of Yeshwantrao Chavan Law College.
Principals said that they are not only worried about examinations but also completing the syllabus on time. “We have decided to hold extra lectures, as we see no other solution in sight. We have already started planning for the same,” said Rohini Honap, principal of DES Navalmal Firodia Law college.
Meanwhile, at the meeting held two days ago, miffed principals raised concerns of students who have been making the rounds to colleges on a daily basis. “This is the first time that the CET was conducted. Isn’t it common sense that authorities should have given the students rank cards along with scores, so they know where they stand and decide accordingly,” said one of the principals.
Principals complained that the daily visits by students are getting worrisome for them too. “The schedule is not clear on the website and anxious students have been visiting the colleges on a daily basis. The HSC exams got over in March and for six months, the students are sitting at home, waiting for admissions. Imagine their restlessness,” Honap added.
Meanwhile, principals said that higher education authorities have assured that all the candidates who apply for admissions would get a seat in one of the 200-odd law colleges in the state. “Since many law colleges had not submitted documents related to approval by the Bar Council of India, affiliation with the university or NAAC accreditation, authorities urged them to do so immediately to speed up the process,” said Sunita Adhav, principal of Modern Law College.