The first merit list for First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions was finally announced at 1am on Tuesday . The list was scheduled to be declared at 5pm on Monday but the education department kept delaying it through the evening, leaving more than 2.4 lakh students on tenterhooks.
It is the first year that Noida-based Nysa Asia is managing the web portal for the centralized admission process. “It could not complete processing the merit lists in time. It began work on it only on Monday morning. Once the list was verified and ready, uploading required a lot of time,“ said Rajendra Ahire, assistant deputy director of education, Mumbai. Seat allotments for students in other parts of the state, such as Pune and Nashik, was completed around 9pm. But students in Mumbai continued to wait.
“The wait was frustrating. The education system should have found a way to keep a check on uniformity and punctuality of the process,“ said Khushi Chhadva, a student who scored 95.80%.She had reached HR College, Churchgate, on Monday evening to check the merit list.
To add to the problems.the site could not be accessed for almost two hours from 7.30pm. “I started refreshing the website exactly at 5pm.Then a ticker started scrolling, informing us about the delay but we were so anxious that we kept trying,“ said Sushen Nare, a commerce aspirant who scored 93%.
B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai, said, “It is the first time the agency is handling the process, so there seems to be a problem.“ The FYJC admissions will start on Tuesday morning.
On June 21, the portal had to be shut down due to a technical glitch. This had delayed the process by three days.A Nysa representative told TOI on Tuesday evening, “Work is in progress. There were changes in the intake capacity and other data. We will ensure no delay in further lists.“
Principals said that they were worried about the confusion on Tuesday morning.
FYJC is very critical for class X pass-outs in Mumbai as it's a student's first step into the higher education system.Care must be taken by the education department that the transition is smooth. The software agency was appointed only this year so the education department should have been more careful in ensuring it was prepared and all deadlines are met. The department must have taken action at the first sign of a problem when the Mumbai admission portal had to be shut down for a day during form-filling. The agency must be taken to task for mistakes during the centralised process.