AS RANDOM inspections of junior colleges were held in the city after the First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions to check if the online admission procedure was followed or not, the inspections have revealed many things beyond just admission- related data. There are 245 junior colleges in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad in which 64,023 admissions for FYJC have taken place. It is for the first time that officials are claiming that a 100 per cent online admission process is being followed. To verify the same and check for any offline admissions, the deputy director of education, Pune, Dinkar Temkar, formed teams of inspecting officials who randomly paid a visit to junior colleges to review the admission data.
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According to data shared by DyDE, of the 39 colleges inspected, all FYJC admissions have been found to have been conducted 100 per cent online.
However, besides the admissions, the inspecting officials have also checked for vacant seats and attendance of students, which has thrown up the real surprise.
In many cases, not a single class has been conducted as of 120 seats for a particular faculty, 118 seats are vacant while two students have been allotted the college through Centralised Admission Process while in some cases, more than 50 per cent students have been found missing from the class at the time of inspection, indicating high level of absenteeism.
For example, at Balaji Junior College Arts, of 120 sanctioned seats for arts faculty, 119 seats are vacant and only 1 admission and a similar situation prevailed at Akurdi’s Dr D Y Patil Arts, Commerce and Science Junior college, where only two seats were filled out of 120 seats. In some cases, students were found bunking lectures in high numbers like St Mira’s Girls Junior College where of 118 students in Arts (English), only 48 were present on day of inspection or Karve Nagar’s Mahila Ashram High School and Junior College, where of 113 admitted students in Arts (Marathi), only 13 students were present.
“In cases where students are missing classes in high numbers, we have asked colleges to take steps, including counselling students and parents, to ensure students attend classes. We have also instructed officers to visit again and ensure that the absenteeism goes down. We are happy that the inspections did not find any offline admissions,” said Temkar.