The final counselling round for class XI admission conducted in Abasaheb Garware college on Thursday culminated in complete chaos as angry parents raised slogans against officials for their wards failing to get admission, even after three rounds of online admission process.
Girl students who were informed they could change their seats to colleges near their homes were in for a surprise, as the officials were asking for their original documents which had been submitted to colleges where they had taken admission in previous rounds.
Police had to be called in to monitor the entire process as angry parents and students tried to disrupt it, allegedly due to mismanagement by administration. Incessant rain added to the chaos as thousands of students and their parents filled up the counselling hall that did not have the capacity to accommodate so many people.
Despite three rounds, thousands of students were yet to get admission for the course and in the college of their choice. The previous three rounds were conducted online wherein students had to fill in a two part form and as per the cut off percentage of the college and their preference on the option form, they were allotted seats.
“Why is there a gender bias when it comes to admission into a college nearer to home? Boys also have to use public transport, they also get tired,” said a parent.
Some students with first class and distinction could not get their choice of college despite being present in the online Common Admission Procedure. Finally by 2:00 pm, the administration banned parents from entering the hall. “The hall is too small with a capacity of around 300 whereas almost a thousand people are present. Parents are obviously anxious about their wards’ future, but they are not allowing us inside. What if my son makes a wrong choice? He is too young to make an informed choice,” said a parent.
Girl students too complained that while the notice from deputy director’s office said only photo copies of the marksheets and documents are required for admission, the officials present were asking for their original documents. “Our original documents are with the college where we took admission. We cannot get those back till the time we cancel admission, which is not a good option because there is a big chance that I will not get in to a college near my house in this offline session,” said a student.
“The offline counselling round was for students who were either not allotted colleges despite participating in the online process or for those students who could not be a part of the online process because of various reasons such as ATKT, parents transfer, medical reason etc. But the crowd swelled, as even students disappointed with their allotments, students confused with the optional and compulsory subject issues, boys who had got colleges far from their homes also showed up.
We allowed girls to change their colleges considering their safety issues,” said Suman Shinde, Deputy Director of Education, who is heading the online admission committee.