Only if any major problems resurface, will we think about extending the deadline. BB CHAVAN, deputy director of education, Mumbai region
Around 2.30 lakh students have registered online for first year junior college (FYJC) admissions by Thursday, when the website re-opened after maintenance. Though the website again slowed down in the evening, the state’s education department promised it wouldn’t crash.
The new admission portal was shut on Wednesday for maintenance after it repeatedly crashed over the weekend.
The department has now added extra servers and increased the capacity of existing ones.
On Thursday, the number of applicants, who completed the second part of the form and thus the online registration, shot up to 1.75 lakh. This number was 75,000 before the website was shut on Wednesday.
Education officers believe that almost all aspirants have now signed up for online registrations.
“I think more or less all students have registered online. We are expecting 4,000 to 5,000 more registrations,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region. Last year, 2.33 lakh students had applied for FYJC online admissions.
Chavan added that if the registrations continue at this rate they would not need to extend the June 27 deadline. “We will watch the performance of the website for the next few days and if any major problems resurface then we will think about extending the deadline,” said Chavan.
Meanwhile, guidance centres said the website slowed down on Thursday evening but the department said they have not received any such complaints. “The website was probably slow because so many students had logged on to it but it could also be a connectivity problem at centres,” added Chavan.
Suvarna Sawant, guidance officer, Narayan Guru College of Commerce, Chembur, said, “The website was working well till Thursday afternoon, but few students complained that the server slowed down in the evening.”
Centres said students faced more issues earlier this week. “There were many complaints from students in the first week before the site was fixed but now it looks like the technical problem has been solved,” said Hiraman Mali, guidance officer in Ramanand Arya DAV College, Bhandup.