Confusion reigned on Day One of the new round of admissions for first-year junior colleges as some students cancelled confirmed seats and some complained that they were not given admission despite an allotment receipt. Several students thronged the education department's office on Monday .
The department opened the admission portal on Monday for students who have scored more than 80% to allow them to claim seats at colleges on a first come, first served basis. While the department had initially decided to hold this round for students who had not secured admission, they received queries from those who even cancelled their existing admission and sought to apply in this round.
A student with 84% score has cancelled her admission in Prakash College at Kandivli and hopes to secure a seat in Mithibai College. “I had taken up the college because it offered an integrated programme. Since the government is planning a crackdown on those institutes, I thought of changing my college but I was unable to login today ,“ said the student. Officials said cancellation of an admission would take around 24 hours to reflect in the system and the student would have to wait for a chance with the second batch of students (those who have scored 60-100%) on August 23. Similarly , another student plans to cancel his admission in D G Saraf College in Malad because he has not got a subject of his choice.
Education department officials said they would address these queries on a case-to-case basis. “We weren't allowing students to change colleges but some have lied to colleges that they want to leave the system and hence want to drop out. They are now queuing up here to apply in the current round,“ said B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai. “If high scorers now cancel their admission, there is a chance that they will not get a seat at sought-after colleges because vacancies are few,“ he warned. On Monday , the one seat available in the arts stream at Mithibai College was snapped up in 30 seconds. As many as 152 colleges across all streams do not have a single seat on offer in the general category .
Some students complained to the education department that while they were allotted a seat in a junior college in Kalina, they were denied admission because of no vacancies. The college was given permission to accommodate them. “We estimate that only those not allotted a seat in the special round (3,083) and another 2,000 who might have been given a seat but not taken admission may apply ,“ said an official.