More than 5000 students have not been allotted seats in junior colleges even after the third and final general merit list was out on Monday. For the first time since the online admission system was introduced three years ago, the school education department will put up a ‘special’ merit list on August 12 for these students. Despite of last year’s technical glitches over the ‘Best-5 policy’ only around 4400 students were not allowed seats as compared to the figure of 5,000 this year. Angry parents posed many questions on the education department and said that this time round, there was no excuse for the education department to not account for all the students.
A total of 48,944 students were allotted seats in the third general list; of these 28,524 students were assigned colleges for the first time while the rest were those who were eligible for the betterment option. It’s interesting to note that while the cut-offs in the science and art streams have fall down considerably in the final list, the cut-offs in the commerce stream have closed on relatively higher percentage, for instance, the admissions at NM college closed at 92.5%. At HR college the cut-off was 90%. This has left many commerce students disappointing.
Principal of K J Somaiya College in Vidyavihar, Vijay Joshi, said, “There are too many cancellations happening due to the betterment option. Students who have already sought admissions in bifocals are getting repeated allotments in the general seats as well, which is why the cut-offs were high in the previous list. But many students finally secured their seats, the cut-offs dropped drastically.” An official from the office of deputy director of school education while confirming about the special list, said, “The merit list was the last chance of students to exercise the betterment option. Once they secure their seat, we will know exactly how many seats are vacant. We can accommodate the remaining 5,191 students. We will come out with the special list at 10am on August 12. Students will have to secure their seats by August 13.”