Every year, as the admission seasons dawns, the FYJC admission process in Maharashtra, is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Seen as a wearisome experience for both students as well as parents equally, this admission process has resulted in increased corruption among college staff to cases of students committing suicides.
After receiving several complaints highlighting the drawbacks of this process, the government has decided to improve the process and make it approachable and student-friendly. The maximum number of colleges that a student can apply has been reduced to 10 from 35. Earlier, due to a maximum number of 35 colleges that a student had to fill, they usually had to fill up for colleges where they didn’t want to study but ended up getting a seat there. The students now also have the option to edit their preferences after every round.
Last year, when the Bombay High Court put an end to offline admissions, students could no longer change colleges in the middle of the academic year or in the next year in the offline mode. Until last year, students could approach individual colleges and they would be allotted a seat if there was a vacancy.
Aimed at removing these hurdles, the admission process will be starting earlier than the standard time this time. As soon as the SSC results are announced, the education department will carry out four rounds of admission, once every week between June 15 and July 15, after which the FYJC classes will begin. If seats remain vacant in any college, three further round of admission will be conducted every two weeks up to September 1.
To the much reprieve of the students, they will not need to take provisional admission after each round. Students who get their first preference will have to pay the complete fees and claim their seat. They will not be any seats in further rounds. Only those who do not take admission can wait for further rounds. Also, the choice of junior colleges will not be restricted to zones or wards.
A ‘zero round’ will be conducted for online admissions to the Higher Secondary Vocational Course (HSVC) and reserved category seats. If seats remain vacant, they will be filled up on a first-come- first serve basis. This will also discourage several malpractices done by colleges. One change, however, might disappoint students. They will be allowed to apply to only one stream instead of two, as the provision was earlier. However, they also now have the choice of changing their opted stream, during admission.
While the steps give out a positive picture, only its application practically can tell us its benefits and drawbacks.