State education minister Vinod Tawde said that the state has initiated the process of penalising Nysa Asia, the company managing the first year junior college admission system, for the delays and problems in the first round of the admission process.
“The process to fine the agency has been started on the basis of the terms and conditions of an MOU [memorandum of understanding] signed with the company,“ said Tawde. Tawde on Thursday told the state assembly that the demand for the arts stream was much more than expected in the online admission process in the state and that the government had given colleges permission to self-finance more divisions.
He admitted that the online admission process had been slow in Mumbai. “There are 2.5 lakh students and many colleges are minority institutions or have an in-house quota. We had to work around this which caused delay, but at least a deserving student was not excluded,“ he said.The state will also consult stakeholders to review how to better allocate colleges to students.
He also said that the state would in future ensure that the server does not get overloaded, by allowing only one login of a particular student at a time. “We have 2.5 lakh students in Mumbai, but 15 lakh people would log in at a time,“ he said.
He also said that an internal online survey found that 10,000 students who got their first choice of a college in the first list no longer wanted it. “They had changed their mind. Students need to be counselled before they make an application,“ he said.