Keeping up with the heavy number of online enrollment forms, Mumbai University has extended the last date to submit forms till 25th June. The University also stated that total count of online enrollment forms has reached 2,16,556 and total count for online multiple applied has reached a new high at 6,18,591 till 18th June.
Admission in Mumbai University faced difficulties when the online registration began at 10 A.M on 14th June. The site, mmu.net.in, was reported to be crashed on the very first day. Many of the students were able to register while some of them faced nothing but a crashed site and faulty message. This created anxiety to the students.
Facing this situation, the management has extended the deadline to June 25, earlier it was June 21. Mumbai University Deputy Registrar, Liladhar Bansode, said, “We have now extended the process up to 25th June and we have issued a circular regarding the new schedule. By 7 P.M, we had received 2,59,355 applications and 1,31,826 registrations. We have also put in place 28 dedicated servers now to handle the traffic.” The authorities also told if the situation will go worse then the offline process can be made available for students.
Total Count For Online Enrollment Forms :
216556 and Total Count For Online Multiple Applied : 618591, till 9.11pm
— University of Mumbai (@Uni_Mumbai) 18 June 2016
Dates of Submission of Pre- Admission Online Enrollment form up to Saturday 25th June, 2016
— University of Mumbai (@Uni_Mumbai) 16 June 2016
The explained reason for crashed site was the simultaneous login of lakhs of students. Initially, the University increased the number of servers to handle the load but that didn’t work either. The third party service provider, Exxon Automation Pvt. Ltd., which has the responsibility to handle the pre- admission online enrolment, told that the candidates would not face problem if the login process would be done by Mozilla firefox. Also, candidates should remain patient for at least 30 minutes until the whole process gets completed.
However, this is not an unprecedented problem for the Mumbai University. A similar problem occurred in 2009 and again in 2013 while different service provider was in action.
This problem also faced political heat when opposition parties blamed the ruling party for the inconvenience of the students. BJP’s allies also criticized the government and suggested the alternate process i.e. offline.