FROM MONDAY To avoid goofups like last year, state govt has revamped online process for FYJC admissions, but Class 12 students may have to wait another year
MUMBAI: The first leg of FYJC admissions will begin in Mumbai from Monday, and the state education department will for the first time use a new online system for it that is meant to make the process a whole lot easier for students.
Following last year’s goof-ups, the Bombay high court asked the state to overhaul the admission process for first year junior colleges (FYJC) and make it more transparent.
A new software was created by Nysa Asia, which has taken over from government firm Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) as the education department’s technical partner .
From Thursday,the software was being tested for FYJC admissions in Pune. “We started the process in Pune on Thursday, as the city has fewer students than Mumbai. This will give us time to iron out issues by the time Mumbai registrations start and we will have a fair idea of how the new system is working,” said BB Chavan, the deputy director of education.
From Monday, information booklets with log in IDs and passwords that students must use to fill online applications will be distributed to schools in the Mumbai region, (includes Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad).
“By Wednesday, students can sign into the new admissions portal — http://mumbai. 11thadmi ssion.net/,” Chavan said after meeting education minister Vinod Tawde and director of secondary education N Jarag on Thursday.
“It might take two or three days to distribute the information booklets, and soon after that, students should be able to register on the website,” said Chavan.
Last year, the admissions portal was open for registrations by May 2. With the process being delayed by nearly a month this time, education officials have proposed shelving till next year its plan to also conduct Class 12 admissions online. Officials have asked the education minister to allow colleges to admit Class 12 students offline.
Chavan said the department didn’t expect to take such a long time to start the FYJC admission process this year. “Moving the Class 12 admissions online seems difficult because of this delay, and it should be attempted next year,” he said. Chavan added: “With an entirely new agency and a revamped admission procedure, we will be unable to concentrate on both Class 11 and Class 12 at the same time.”
If the proposal gets Tawde’s nod, it will come as relief for hundreds of Class 12 students who want to change colleges. These students were left hanging for months, as colleges were forced to put their Class 12 admissions on hold after the department said all students can change colleges only through the centralised process. “We have been waiting for instructions from the government for at least two months. Several students approached us for admissions, but we are unable to admit them,” said Kavita Rege, the principal, Sathaye College, Vile Parle.
Students demanded a decision on Class 12 admissions be taken before SSC results are announced. “Once SSC results are out, colleges will get busy with FYJC admissions, and Class 12 admissions will get stuck,” said a parent, who had approached the education department on Thursday to meet officials over this issue.
The parent said her daughter was waiting to switch colleges, and may end up missing classes if the issue is not sorted out soon.