While the junior college online admissions will come to an end in a week's time, the fate of students from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, who have appeared for school exams, still hangs in balance.
The state government is yet to release an order allowing these students to be admitted in junior colleges in an offline process after August 10, when the online admissions will get over. Meanwhile, the state government has also moved an application in the court to merge two petitions from Mumbai and Nagpur, which were seeking relief on the same issue.
An official from the office of the deputy director of school education said, "We haven't received any order from the state government. Unless, we are told by the department, we cannot issue any instructions to colleges over the offline process for CBSE students who have not taken the board exam."
On July 5, CBSE board chairman Vineet Joshi meet officials from the state's school education department. After the meeting, though it was decided that students will be given provisional admissions offline, an official order is not yet released. Then, Vineet had said, "The meeting was positive. The state government has agreed to give admissions to our students." However, a decision on how to regularize the provisional admissions was still pending. After almost a month, the state government is yet to finalise the process.
Atul Mathuria, whose daughter moved to court seeking relief from state government's refusal to accept students who have appeared for the internal exams, said, "We are hoping that the students' petitions will be heard and a positive order will be passed soon." However, principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Deepshikha Srivastava, said, "Students are more or less settled now in our schools. So, I do not know how many students will actually move out after a decision is taken. Also it is too late for students to seek admissions now. Most of the CBSE schools have completed their first unit tests."
The state government has also requested the court to merge the two petitions.
An individual petition was filed by Shruti Mathuria, a student of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri and a PIL filed by a group of parents in Nagpur to seek relief on the same issue. Mathuria's advocate, Aniket Nikam, said, "The state has moved an application to hear both the cases together, instead of conducting independent hearings,if the affected parties do not have any objection. The hearing on this will come up before the Chief Justice on August 8."