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Pune: 8 colleges give up management quota seats

Colleges are often under pressure for admissions under the management quota from various quarters, including from politicians, NGOs and other “influential” people, which leads to compromising merit.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
June 12, 2016 1:07:25 am
FYJC admissions, Pune FYJC admissions, Pune college admissions, first year junior colleges, Pune junior college, Maharashtra junior colleges, Pune education, Maharashtra education Each junior college has a five per cent management quota in FYJC admissions.

Even as the centralised admission process (CAP) for first-year junior colleges (FYJC) has already begun, at least eight junior colleges in the city have surrendered their management quota while several others are considering the same for centralised online admissions to Class XI.

Colleges are often under pressure for admissions under the management quota from various quarters, including from politicians, NGOs and other “influential” people, which leads to compromising merit.

Each junior college has a five per cent management quota in FYJC admissions.

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According to Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune, the colleges that have surrendered the management quota seats are MES Abasaheb Garware College, Garware College of Commerce, Perugate Bhave High School and Junior College, Vimalabai Garware Junior College, Renuka Swaroop Jr College, MES Balshikshan, SP College and Muktangan English School and Jr College.

Dilip Sheth, principal of SP College, said, “It was the college management’s decision. We want to ensure merit is not compromised. Also, we get at least 10 times the number of applications for the seats which are available under management quota. It is a big headache to decide which ones to allot admissions and which ones to reject.”

At Abasaheb Garware College, principal Shrikant Gupta said it was the third consecutive year that the management had decided to surrender its quota seats. He said the decision applied to all five junior college units attached to the Maharashtra Education Society. “There are requests from VIPs and VVIPs and unnecessary pressure on admitting students. Since seats are limited, all applications cannot be entertained. To avoid all these problems, we have decided to surrender the quota and ensure a transparent admission process,” he said.

However, mere political pressure may not be the only reason why colleges are surrendering the quota, claim insiders of the CAP committee, who say an additional reason could be that allotting these seats doesn’t result in financial gains for colleges. “Most of the times, these seats are just allotted on VIP recommendations. It is obvious that the college cannot expect any financial benefit from it,” said a CAP committee member.

Meanwhile, Raut said junior colleges could surrender their quota seats till June 18.

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