Almost 10 days have passed since the online admissions process for undergraduate admissions began at Fergusson College in Pune, where Class XII student Sai Matekar is hoping for admission to an English BA program.
Despite browsing the site daily and even speaking to college counselors, the student at St. Mary’s Junior College, where she appeared for her Class XII ISC exams, was not even allowed to fill out online admissions forms because Matekar has yet to receive her final results has not received .
Matekar is running out of time as the form completion deadline at FC College is in three days.
Online applications for undergraduate programs opened on June 15, right after the State Council announced the results of Class XII HSC exams.
This is not an isolated case. Most of the city’s colleges have started accepting applications for bachelor’s degree programs as soon as the HSC results are announced and the deadline has either passed or is approaching at several colleges. With the CBSE and ICSE boards yet to announce their results, students were left in limbo as they were unable to fill out application forms.
Riddhima Pande, a Hutchings High School and Junior College student who took her ISC exams this year, said: “It is definitely unfair because the majority of the places are occupied by the HSC board students and there are only a few There would be places for students who are on ISC and CBSE boards. Places should be allocated proportionally to HSC, CBSE and ISC board students so that everyone has a fair chance of securing admission to the college of their choice.
Matekar said she checked the college website, but that required her grade 12 result and there was no option to choose ISC. “I asked the university administration about it and they said that if our results don’t come in, I won’t be able to fill out the form. They added that they had no idea about ISC or CBSE results and currently had no provision for them. Higher education authorities make decisions that are completely unrealistic and do not take into account the hardships of students,” she said.
However, some college directors justified the action with the fact that CBSE or ISC students can also apply later.
“Yes, it is true that we have moved ahead with the approval process because we have seen too many delays over the past two years and would like things to get back to the regular schedule. In general, no more than 10 percent of seats are held by non-state board students in our college, and the university allows colleges to apply for an additional 10 percent of seats anyway. So if a student misses the admissions deadline, they can apply to the college office and we can consider them,” said Rajendra Zunjarrao, Rector of the Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Shivaji Nagar.
Even Grade 11 admissions are through the centralized online admissions process controlled by the Deputy Director of Education Pune.
The same problem is also seen by non-state board students for Class XI admission.
A large proportion of students belonging to bodies other than the Maharashtra State Board are unable to participate in the admissions process and are not even allowed to complete Part 1 of the form, which requires candidates to fill in the basic details.
Non-state board students are only allowed to register their name, but online admission forms are not accessible to them.
“After completing the online registration process on the portal created for Class 11 Centralized Admissions, the next step is to select colleges of our choice. We are unable to do this as it requires Class 10 results on which the list of merits is made. While we understand that this is happening due to the delay caused by the pandemic and may not happen next year, something needs to be done about the challenges we are currently facing,” said Anil Karmankar, a parent whose sons are in the CBSE class have attended 10 exams this year.