There is good news in store for those first year junior college (FYJC) aspirants whose families have recently moved to the city — there are seats reserved for them in junior colleges. Under a special reservation, two per cent of seats in junior colleges are reserved for students who have moved to Pune after October 1, 2015 owing to transfer of their parents’ jobs. What’s more, the reservation is not limited to children of employees of the state and central government but private sector employees as well. “Many students do not know about it and that’s why very few applications come in. To claim the reservation, parents must attach both the transfer order from the earlier location and joining order in PMC or PCMC area. Also, the student should have completed his or her Std X in a school of another district and be wishing to study in Pune,” said Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education and in-charge of CAP process.
This information is available in the eligibility criteria mentioned in the admission booklet given to students, she said, adding that the eligibility for reserved seats is an area where students get mixed up each year. They either end up filling forms incorrectly or do not possess documents to back their claim.
“Last year, many students asked for admissions in culture or sports category, even though they had not won any state level awards. Mere participation is not enough. Also, it is important that students are able to produce the certificate authenticated by competent authority. All information is available in the booklet but students don’t read it,” said Satinderjeet Kaul, retired vice-principal of the Abasaheb Garware College, who was a CAP committee member last year.
For example, those hoping to get seats under Arts and Culture reservation, must possess one of these two certificates — certification of passing of examination in Music/dance conducted by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya or certificate awarded for winning prize for acting in Bal Natya competition conducted by Directorate of Arts and Culture. And the certificate should be authenticated by the Directorate of Art and Culture in the prescribed form given in the CAP admission booklet or at least the student’s name should appear in the list displayed on the directorate’s website.
With thousands of students applying for a change in the allotted colleges expressing their dissatisfaction, education officials say that in most cases, it’s because students have not checked the fees or eligibility criteria. From May 16, the process of form filling for Centralised Admission Process (CAP) will begin for first year junior college admissions and while only part I of the form which pertains to personal details of students is available, Part II, which will have result data and choice of colleges, will be open immediately after results are declared.
Owing to the vast difference in the fees between aided and non-aided colleges, experts say that students must ensure they are taking down the college code carefully lest they regret later. “Students are so busy in comparing the cut-offs that many times, they overlook important criteria like fees and fill college codes carelessly. For example, a particular college may offer FYJC Science stream with both aided and unaided sections. The cut-off percentage for unaided section would be lesser and students select that code thinking it’s the same college but it’s the unaided section, which means a vast difference in fees. Many times, students come to a CAP committee even after being allotted a college of their choice and request a change in college as they cannot afford the fees,” said Raut.
“Not only does it have information on college cut-offs and subjects but stream-wise fees as well. For example, at Tilak Road’s SP College, which has both aided and unaided sections for Science Stream, it is clearly mentioned in the booklet that while fees for Science General is Rs 1,420 per annum in the former section, the unaided section admission fees is Rs 15,100 per annum. Another option available from this year is to check fees by entering the college code while filling the form online,” she said.
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For sports category
Applicants should possess any of these certificates while studying in Std VIII, IX or X which are authenticated by District Sports Officer or Regional Deputy Director (sports)
1) Certificate of first or second place position at district/state level
2) Certificate of student winning medal at zonal level or certificate of participation in state/national level competition by Indian School Games Association or Indian Games Authority
3) Certificate of student winning medal at state level or participating in state/national competitions organised by Indian Olympic Association or Maharashtra Olympic Association