JUNIOR COLLEGES that are finding it difficult to fill the quota seats have surrendered more than 51,000 seats reserved for minority, in-house and management quota students.
These seats will not be filled through the regular online process.
Across the city, there are more than 1.2 lakh seats reserved for minority, in-house and management quota students.
However, colleges are finding it difficult to fill these seats, admission to which are done by the colleges.
Officials from the deputy director of education’s office said colleges surrendered their in-house seats too because they wanted more students to apply through merit.
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While the intake capacity for in-house quota is 35,683, only 9,552 students have been admitted so far through the quota. With 13,281 seats surrendered, more than 12,000 seats are still vacant.
“The colleges don’t want so many seats to remain vacant,” said an official from the education department.
More than 35,000 seats reserved for minority students have been surrendered by colleges that did not want the seats to remain vacant.
K C College, Churchgate has a total of 660 seats reserved for Sindhi minority across Arts, Science and Commerce streams, of which, the college has surrendered 604 seats.
“There are four Sindhi colleges in the area but not many Sindhis to take the seats,” said Manju Nichani, Principal of K C College.
The surrender of seats has been to the advantage of open-category students as the number of seats has now increased.
“Since the number of seats has increased, general-category students have a higher chance of getting admission to the colleges of their choice,” said the education department official.