After a day of trials when around 100 students filled up the online registration form for First Year Junior College (FYJC), the education department will throw open the portal for two lakh aspirants. Even as the demo began on Thursday, several guidance centres received calls from anxious students with queries about the online process.
Students applying to FYJC can fill up part one of the admission forms online from Friday. Some students complained that they had not received information booklets from schools and hence could not start the application process. "We received about 10 calls from students that they were not told about the information booklets yet. Others wanted to know about their chances of getting into a particular college," said an official from a south Mumbai guidance centre. The department has set up 34 centres in the Mumbai metropolitan region.
Department officials, however, said students need not panic. "The booklets are available at guidance centres in case schools have not informed students about it. While there is enough time for students to fill up the forms, we request all students to complete them before the SSC results so that there is no panic at the last minute," said B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai.
The department hopes that the portal, which has a new design this year, works smoothly when students try to log in. "We have tested the site with some students logging in, and there have not been any glitches. But we will know the portal's capacity only when thousands of students sign up together. So we will keep a close watch from Friday," said Chavan.