For a majority of Class X students across all boards, be they the state board or national ones like ICSE and CBSE, one of the most important examinations are over. But instead of enjoying a wellearned break, students are stressing over the lengthy online admission process to junior college. The state governments track record of introducing policies favouring SSC students over those from other boards is also adding to anxiety levels among parents and students. This is reflected in the unusually high number of calls state board helplines are fielding. The board lines were set up to help students during exams season, but instead personnel are counselling children about junior college admissions. Many students who have planned their holidays out of town are worried that they 'll miss out on important dates.
In previous years, we would get calls from HSC students asking about CET and CAT exams. This year, even before exams started there were some calls to inquire about junior college admissions, said an official from the state board helpline. Questions have been pouring in from students from other boards too. Last week, a CBSE student visited our office to inquire about the requirements and procedure for the online junior college admission. We helped him with as much information that we could, said Balasaheb H, one of the counsellors manning the helpline. Educationists believe that the series of goof-ups in the online admission process and skewed government policies that were introduced at the last minute have taken a toll. The process was nerve-racking for colleges, schools and students.
For at least two consecutive years, the education department left a mess after online admissions ended. Officials asked colleges to finish the process offline. I had over 1,000 harried students on my campus for more than two days, all struggling to find seats, said Kavita Rege, principal of Sathaye College, Vile Parle. Officials from the deputy directors office (school), however, have assured students that there will be no delays this year. We have already sent out letters to the ICSE and CBSE board officials to submit student information to us. The process will be student friendly, said a senior official. Many colleges and schools, especially those in the same neighbourhood, are already holding unofficial sessions with students to address their queries.
Who Is Eligible To Apply Where:
Students can apply to as many 35 colleges in their online admission form.With the bestfive policy in place, students can use the top five scores of six subjects. Students have been advised to apply to colleges where the previous year's cutoff is less than their current exam result.
Students have two choices: they can apply to schools offering ISC for Classes XI and XII or seek a seat in state board junior colleges. Once again, they can use the best-five policy to their advantage, but no subject from group-III will be considered. Students are also allowed to apply with the help of their original score counting all seven subjects.
Students who have appeared for the board exam will be allowed to apply for junior college seats. Those CBSE students who have given the school-based exam will not be eligible to apply for junior colleges online. Once the process goes offline, they are allowed to approach colleges individually.
Students can apply to state board junior colleges only if their exam marksheet is available. Students who gave the exam in April will get their results only in July-August and are not eligible for the online admission process.
Courtesy: Times of India