WITH THE complete process of college admissions for quota seats going online this year, students who are seeking admission to minority, in-house and management quota need to be careful, lest they be left out of the admission process in case they do not become a part of the Centralised Admission Process.
Unlike previous years, wherein colleges were allowed to fill the quota seats at their level and declare the list later owing to which students used to take forms directly at the college and confirm their admissions, this year onwards, the quota seat admissions will have to be part of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for first year junior college admissions.
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“It doesn’t mean that colleges will not have quota admissions but it means that every student who wishes to apply under any quota seat, will have to first fill the CAP form. Every student will be generated a unique ID as well. Once this is done, the student can either download the form for quota admission from our website or go to individual colleges and take internal form for quota admissions. They will have to attach printout of CAP form or else, their applications will not be accepted. Once their admission is confirmed through quota, the college will have to enter the data in the CAP system along with the student’s log in ID, so that we know that this student is allotted a seat. This process will enable us to track the student at every stage of admissions,” said Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune.
Stating the reason behind the decision, Raut said, it was owing to the confusion in quota admissions last year when 3000 students could not be traced till the final round that they decided to revamp the system.
“Last year, there was no compulsion on colleges to be a part of the CAP process if they took minority quota admissions. Since they could take admissions at college level directly, many students did that. However, they had at the same time, filled forms through CAP so they were showing in our system. But they did not inform CAP committee about taking alternate admissions and till last round, we were kept in dark which led to major confusion,” she added.
However, through the new process, students will not face any inconvenience, added CAP committee officials and instead, said, the FYJC aspirants would get more choices. “The students can fill forms immediately after results are declared at colleges and generally their list is put up before the first merit list of CAP because their student pool is smaller. By the time the first merit list of CAP will be out, students would already have received minority admissions and then get another option on the CAP merit list. The students will get a choice of whether they want to stay with quota admissions or take the one given through CAP. However, if a student wants to take the seat according to CAP merit list, they will have to first cancel the quota seat,” said Jyoti Gaikwad, a professor at Marathwada Mitra Mandal Junior College and member of CAP.
To facilitate this choice for students, this year, all colleges have been asked to ensure that they do not charge more than Rs 50 to secure the seat by way of provisional admission, even in minority quota. It is only after the third list, when students will have received at least two options for admissions, that they have to pay full fees and confirm seats.
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1) Every student who wishes to apply under any quota seat, will have to first fill the CAP form.
2) A unique number will be generated to each one of them.
3) Once this is done, the student can either download the form for quota admission from the website or go to individual colleges and take internal form for quota admissions.
4) They will have to attach printout of CAP form or else, their applications will not be accepted.
5) Once the admission is confirmed through quota, the college will have to enter the data in the CAP system along with the student’s log in ID, so that the education department knows that the student is allotted a seat.