Increase Due To Self-Financed Colleges
Over 2.92 lakh seats will be up for grabs for students applying for FYJC for the upcoming academic year. While the numbers are up by over 13,800, compared to last year, those hoping to secure seats in top colleges can expect fierce competition as the number of seats there remained unchanged. Out of the total seats, ad mission for 1.59 lakh seats will be done though the centralized online process. For the1.33 lakh seats reserved under the in-house, management and minority quotas, registrations will be done online but seats will be filled at the college level.
Of the increased seats, about half are due to the inclusion of minimum competency vocational courses (MCVC) in the centralized process this year.There are 6,030 seats in the stream. The rest of the increase can be attributed to permissions given to new colleges to start on self-financed basis.“The added seats are at new col leges. At popular colleges, the in-take capacity is the same,“ said B B Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai.
Among the three streams, while commerce and science saw an increase in seats, intake capacity in arts dropped marginally . “The increase in science seats is due to the popularity of integrated courses, where classes tie up with junior colleges to prepare students for entrance exams,“ said an official.
Since 2012-13, seats have been up by almost 10%. “Last year, about 56,000 seats were vacant but permission was given to more colleges this year. These seats are unaided and hence expensive. On the other hand, if there are vacancies in the aided section, teachers are declared as surplus. The state should devise a mechanism to ensure aided seats are filled up and then the unaided option is given to students,“ said the official. The admission process is expected to begin by May 25.