In a bid to ensure that first year junior college admissions take place without any hiccups this year, education department officials have decided to make the entire process online, including filling up minority seats. However, the latter would not be a part of the centralised admission process, but be made online at respective junior college level.
In the past, the entire process has been marred by controversies owing to offline admissions being granted by backdoor processes, especially the in-house quotas at minority institutions, leaving out meritorious students.
“Last year, after the colleges filled their in-house quota, we had asked them to declare all the details of the seats allotted online. But this year, right from filling forms, we have asked minority colleges to complete their process online,” said Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune.
“Therefore, the colleges would have to declare all the details on their website such as schedule for the release of forms, procedure and deadline to complete it, number of seats available, total number of applications received and details of each candidate and admissions granted according to merit. It will be compulsory to all colleges that have in-house quota so that there are no allegations on backdoor entry given on the basis of contacts or donations,” Raut added.
The procedure is limited only to minority institutions that have junior colleges, but for all other colleges, online registration completed on April 11. The meeting of officials of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) committee would decide the schedule for the next few weeks.
As per a schedule declared earlier, a 10-day period would be kept for counselling sessions across at least 15 centres in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad from April 20-30 to guide students on filling admission forms and related information. From May 2, it is expected that the websites would be made available for filling up the first part of admission form for FYJC admissions.
“Students would soon be distributed admission booklets which would contain a guide to admissions, besides their login ID and password to fill up the forms. We are hoping that since we have begun the procedure much in advance this time, the confusion in students would be avoided. Unlike last year, when students kept coming in at the last minute and were ignorant about the online process, we hope this time many students would attend the counselling sessions,” Raut further said.
Meanwhile, though admissions to arts, science and commerce faculties would be conducted online, admissions to minimum competency vocational skills; home science; Urdu, Telugu, Gujarati and Hindi mediums; and technical courses would be done at the school/college levels.