To compensate for a day's shutdown and several days of technical glitches, the state education department has extended the deadline for First Year Junior College (FYJC) online registration. Students can now fill forms up to 5pm on June 29.
The department had received 2,46,795 lakh applications for part I of the online form up to 5pm on Tuesday , the original deadline. It had however received only 2,27,933 lakh part II applications. “Since there is a gap of a few thousands in the number of students who have completed part I and part II, we want to ensure these students don't lose out on a chance to apply , so we are giving them extra time,“ said B B Chavan, deputy director of school education, Mumbai. The decision was taken at a review meeting with education minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday evening.
Aday after the online formfilling for part II began, the education department had received several complaints that students were unable to update their data on the website.The software agency added two servers to improve the situation but it did not ease troubles. It was later found that a technical glitch had caused the slowdown and the department had to halt the process for a day.
He added that the numbers have already exceeded that of last year. “In 2016, about 2.33 lakh students had applied so the number of students who have registered are already more. Some of those who must have registered may not have completed part II as they must have failed or may be opting for courses other than junior college,“ said Chavan.
The extension could affect the following schedule. According to a circular issued by Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary of the school education department, the director of education will have to make changes to the schedule if necessary . “We will review the situation and decide if we will require more time to complete the process and declare the general merit list. If there is a change, it will be communicated to the students within a day or two,“ said Chavan.