WITH THE number of students in the 90 per cent and above club growing this year and fewer seats in many colleges owing to the newly-introduced in-house quota system, the competition for seats in top colleges of the city is likely to get tougher, said city college principals.
This year, a total of 51,281 students across the state have scored above 90 per cent while 48,583 scored this last year. In Pune, about 5,838 students scored above 90% in 2015, the number increased to 9,431 this year, a rise of 3,593.
However, college principals point out that the increase in the 90 per cent and above club isn’t the only reason for the likely increase in cut-off’s but as the in-house quota norm has changed with the inclusion of the junior colleges run by the same parent organisation but not necessarily situated on the same campus as high school, the pool of seats in open category has come down drastically. From this year, many top colleges like Fergusson College, Abasaheb Garware College, Modern College, SP college and so on have newly-approved in-house quota seats.
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“Supposing a college had 1,000 seats until last year and they have got a newly-introduced in house quota this year, 200 seats automatically are reserved for in-house students. This means only 800 seats are left for outside students and in this again, 50 per cent seats are reserved for various categories. Hence, the seats for students in open categories have shrunk this year in many colleges and that’s why the competition for the remaining seats will be tougher,” said Leela Mali Joshi, vice-principal of Fergusson College.
Since the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) committee, which conducts FYJC admissions has declared that Part 2 of the forms that allows students to fill in their percentages and select list of choice colleges is now open until June 17, college principals say students must compare last year’s cut-offs and keep in mind that this year, the it would be around two per cent higher.
“The number of students who scored above 90 per cent has increased considerably this year and naturally these students will compete for the top colleges only. Also this year, the sports category got reintroduced and a high number of students qualified for marks under it led to rise in individual scores. Keeping in mind, the increase in top scorers as well as reduced seats, cut offs for open students will be at least two per cent higher,” said Jyoti Gaikwad, vice-principal of MMCC College.
However, it is estimated that the cut-offs will not vary much in other colleges. While principals of top colleges agree that students get attracted to their institutes based on infrastructure and other facilities, they blame the government officials for not putting serious thought behind upgrading basic facilities at smaller junior colleges.
“Every year, at least 8,000 seats for junior colleges are left vacant in Pune and students get attracted to technical and post SSC diploma courses. Why are all the students queuing up only for certain colleges? Is it because parents have no confidence in teaching staff or are they not satisfied with the infrastructure at junior colleges? It is not enough to blame these junior colleges alone since those who do not have senior college wings attached to them, have little source for generating funds. That’s why the CAP officials should draw up a minimum expected standard and ensure such colleges get to meet it by aiding them. That’s when the race for top colleges and pressure over cut-offs will decrease,” said Rajendra Zunjarrao, principal of Modern College.