PUNE/MUMBAI: The education department will soon declare first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions on a first come, first served basis in Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Nashik. The second special round will end on January 9. By the end of the first special round, out of a total intake of 5.6 lakh, as many as 3.2 lakh students had confirmed their admissions; 2.4 lakh seats were still vacant.
Last year, the education department decided to do away with the first come, first served (FCFS) rounds and instead host additional merit-based admission rounds after three regular ones. A government resolution to the effect was issued on June 24, 2020.
The government had introduced FCFS rounds in 2018 and students with a score above 80%, 60% and the rest were assigned a day to claim a seat, like one would book a tatkal train ticket. Activists had raised concerns, though, that these allotments were not merit based and were against Bombay high court directions.
Dattatray Jagtap, director of secondary and higher secondary education for the state, said the education department had sought a special permission to conduct FCFS round this year. “Five online CAP (centralised admission process) rounds are over and a number of seats are lying vacant. Hence, we have now decided to conduct an FCFS round. We received permission from the education ministry and after the end of the current CAP round, FCFS round will be declared,” said Jagtap.
In Mumbai Metropolitan Region, while over 58,318 students were not admitted according to the data shared by the education minister’s office, only 32,268 participated in the second special round, 21,835 of whom were allotted a seat. They have until January 9 to secure admission.
While the second special round was scheduled to conclude on Friday, it has been extended till 6pm on Saturday. “For ease of admissions, the time for confirmation of admissions in junior colleges is extended till 09th January 2021. Rest schedule will remain the same as published before,” read a ticker on the admission site.