July 20, 2009 11:45:53 pm
Admission to class XI science,arts and commerce courses that was expected to commence on Monday will be further delayed by a couple days as the bifocal admission process is yet to be over.
The merit list for class XI arts,science and commerce is likely to be released on July 23. A meeting to decide the date is being held on Monday, said an official involved in the the centralised admission procedure (CAP). While the arts and commerce lists are ready,the process of preparing the list for the science courses will begin only after the bifocal admissions are over,the official added.
This year,there has been an increase by around 7,000 seats in the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad colleges. There is an increase of around 2,000 seats each in the science and commerce stream over last year. A total of 21,029 applications were received for the science stream,as against the capacity of 18,535. While the response to science and commerce (English medium) stream was overwhelming,the arts courses witnessed a record low response with only 731 students applying for 2,980 seats. Including arts (Marathi),this year around 8,000 arts seats will be vacant.
Meanwhile,college teachers are continuing with their strike and have decided to hold a massive demonstration in Nashik during the cabinet meeting scheduled for July 22. A press statement issued by Pune University Teachers Association (PUTA) says that college teachers will not only continue their strike,but also intensify it as no solution had come from the last three meetings held with the government.
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Around 50,000 college teachers from the state have joined the strike called by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers Organisations (MFUCTO). The strike that began on July 14 will be intensified from July 20 onwards,the release said.
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