Students from Pimpri-Chinchwad who have scored 80-90 per cent in Class 10 exam and had a golden opportunity to make it to top colleges like Fergusson and Wadia, which are hugely popular across Pune, have clearly missed the bus. The reason: lack of counselling, lack of knowledge or misconceptions about the “culture” prevalent in big colleges.
“Under the Centralised Admission Process, I was allotted Wadia college. But when I went there, I saw girls in mini skirts and students roaming across the campus. I had not seen such a thing before… therefore I decided to forgo my admission in Wadia,” says Ravina, a resident of Gurav Pimple.
Ravina, who had scored 80 per cent marks, was apparently allotted Wadia college under sports quota. On Tuesday, Ravina took admission in the less sought after D Y Patil College in Pimpri. “We had no one to advise us. My daughter is very good in sports and after cancelling the admission, we learnt that Wadia has made a name in sports field too.” Ravina too concedes she had absolutely no knowledge about the atmosphere in big colleges.
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Like Ravina, Komal, who scored over 90 per cent marks, preferred to take admission in the little-known St Ursula’s college though she had made it to Wadia college in the first round of CAP itself. “We are not sure how our daughter will cope with such a big college and its culture. Our entire family is scared to send our daughter there… St Ursula is close to our residence and had a high cut-off,” says her mother.
Rutuja Marale, a student of D Y Patil school, laments the fact that she did not fill the name of Fergusson College in her admission forms. “I have been allotted a Pune college. But I had no knowledge that Fergusson was Pune’s number one college… It is only after I secured admission that people told me about Fergusson being among the top colleges in Pune,” says Rutuja. Her mother says nobody told them how important was Fergusson college to their daughter’s education. “After we secured admission, we were told that country’s bigwigs had attended Pune’s colleges like Wadia and Fergusson. Had we known this, we would filled up the names of right colleges,” said her mother.
Like Rutuja, Ravina too says she had no idea that Wadia was among the best colleges of Pune. “Had somebody told me, I would have not avoided taking admission in Wadia,” she says.
Education officials, however, blame parents and students for remaining ignorant. They claim the education department did everything possible to guide and counsel students regarding admissions. “This is willful ignorance. We had set up at least nine counselling centres both in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Yet parents and students do not seem to have made efforts to seek guidance,” says an education official.
Prof Kiran Khajekar, who teaches in a city college, says, “If toppers have missed best colleges of Pune despite being allotted admission, it reflects poorly on the parents and education officials. We cannot blame the students as they have little knowledge as to what is happening in the higher education field. It seems the message from education officials to parents and students was communicated properly.”