Owing to the newly-introduced online admission process, the junior college campuses this year may not really be buzzing with activity as it typically does during this season.
With the new policy introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC), no student will have to run from one college to another to procure admissions forms or check the merit lists. As per the circular issued last month by the UGC forwarded to all affiliated colleges, from form-filling to merit lists and even the payment processes, the entire process for the under graduate degree is going to be online this year.
Dr BB Gaikwad, director of Board of College and University Development, Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), said, since the hardcopy of HSC marksheet will be available to students only by June 3, colleges have been asked to start their internal admission process after this date. The SPPU authorities have declared that they would develop an online software for colleges to complete the admission process. “We are developing it but even if there is delay, colleges are expected to complete the process online at their level,” said Gaikwad.
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At Fergusson College, vice principal N M Kulkarni said that for the first time, applications will be accepted online . Also, the online payment option would mean that the student need not come to college at all, said Kulkarni. “In fact, we are not just facilitating it on our website but have developed a mobile app for admissions. Students can merely download it and complete the admission process within a few clicks. The forms will open on June 3 and stay open till June 9,” he said.
At SP College, Principal Dilip Sheth said their process too is going to be online for the first time. However, here students can fill forms online and if name is displayed on the merit list, students are expected to come with documents, photographs and fees to confirm admissions physically in college. “I think it is better if merit list is declared online everywhere as it brings in transparency,” he said.
Principal M M Andar of Ness Wadia College of Commerce said since most colleges give preference to internal students (those who pass from attached junior colleges), outside students should try to find out about last year’s cut-offs before filling forms. The forms for waiting list for BCOM, BBA, BBA (IB) and BBA (CA) will be available from June 5 onwards.
Principal Rajendra Zunjarrao of Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce said the cutoff for traditional courses isn’t likely to change as it depends on many factors besides pass percentage that decide merit list and seats. “If you compare the number of applications we got for Bachelor of Computer Science when we started it and today, the number has dipped despite good facilities. We did a survey and found that’s because applications from rural students dipped since now colleges at taluka level too offer good facilities,” he said.
Principals say that another option that students opting for traditional courses must check is availability of diploma or certificate programmes. According to Dr Hrishikesh Soman, principal of Symbiosis College, which offers value added diplomas in liberal arts or ACCA, an accountancy diploma by UK based Association of Chartered Certified Accountant, such courses help in getting employment. “However, students must keep options open as the merit could be high depending especially if such courses are available at the college,” he said.