Aspirants of Diploma in Pharmacy course, who had turned up for admissions under the third round of counselling at Government Polytechnic, Pune, were in for a rude shock when they learnt that the seats for the course had almost been filled up across the state the previous day, leading to chaos at the institute in Shivajinagar. Approximately 400 students reached the institute that was one of the six counselling centres for the centralised admissions in the state.
After the college staff informed them that the seats had been filled up, students and their parents demanded admissions and refused to leave. Fearing a backlash, the institute officials called the police to prevent any untoward incident.
Irate students alleged that they were not informed about the allotment of seats.
“On Wednesday, when the counselling round began, they told us there is some server issue and called us the next day. On Thursday, they said since our number is late in the list we were asked to come on Friday. In the morning, we received an SMS saying that only one seat was up for grabs. After coming here, we realised that hundreds of students had come to avail that one seat,” said one of the aspirants.
Another student said that a few parents even submitted a written application to the admission committee requesting that additional seats be granted.
“There was no violence and we do not know why the police was called,” she said.
Vice-principal R N Shikari said that a large number of aspirants for a few seats led to the chaos. “As many as 35,000 applications were received for the course.
After the end of two CAP rounds, 1,944 seats remained vacant for admissions through counselling. On the first day of the counseling, students up to No 7,000 in the merit list were given choice of colleges. On August 20, by the time we reached No. 19,175 on the list, all the admissions were done. We might have forgotten to send intimation to the students but the website did show zero seats. The police was called in as a precautionary measure as the crowd was swelling and getting agitated,” said Shikari.