Mumbai (The Hindu): Following the delay in the release of the first cut-off list for First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions on Monday, the chaos continued on Tuesday, with technical glitches and changes in the admission procedure leaving students and parents confused.
Vaishali Pitliya, who travelled to Mumbai from Madhya Pradesh on Monday night to secure her admission, said, “We were waiting till midnight on Monday, but the website did not open. It was quite frustrating. We thought our journey here was going to be useless. In our State, schools started two months ago.”
Akansha Mishra from All Saints High School was trying to secure her admission into St. Xavier’s College. “The entire process is slow and lousy, and we needed to visit the officer concerned multiple times, even though the process is said to be online. The website also doesn’t open easily, and there are a lot of server errors,” she said.
A mother of a student from St. Mary’s School in Mazgaon thought the process needed to be more regulated. “The admission procedure is a little taxing. At least one change of college preference should have been allowed. Now it has become like a lucky draw, and it is quite difficult for those who do not get their first few college choices in the first list.”
Some people, like the father of Dhruvmil Mistry from St. Xavier’s School in Mira Road, had a different take. He said, “We were expecting the delay. They changed the pattern, and everything went online. So a delay is natural. It will slowly get better, and we need to support the initiative taken by the government. We have two children, and it’s hard to manage them. This is about 2.5 lakh students. Of course it’s going to be hard to deal with.”
The new admission procedure introduced by the government also got mixed reactions from the students and parents, as some welcomed it, while others could not see any benefit from it.
“They should have kept the provisional admission process the way it was, as it secured your place in any given college,” said Smit Solanki from Green Lawns School.
Rakesh Mehta, whose son went to Scholar High School in Colaba, however, had a slightly different point of view. “The admission process is better as people cannot reserve their seats and everyone gets an equal chance. However, it is a little more risky. If you get into a particular college in your first list but you want a different college, you have to take the risk of waiting. But in the second list, you might lose your chance to get into the former college too,” he said.
Dr Hemlata Bagla, principal of Kishinchand Chellaram College, had some advice for students. She said, “They should not panic, and wait if their name has not come out. Students can change the entire list in the second round, and they must definitely not cancel their seat where they get it.”
Swapna Durve, vice-principal at Mithibai’s Junior College, said, “How long a student is willing to wait to get enrolled into the college that is the best fit for them will be a decisive factor this year, as the particular college might be allotted to them in the subsequent lists,” she said.
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