A total of 3,344 Std XI forms have been submitted by students from the non-SSC boards, including CBSE and ICSE, for admission through the centralized admission process (CAP) this year. The form submission process ended on Thursday, 28th June, 2012 with total 60,662 forms, inclusive of non-SSC boards, received as against an overall availability of 64,380 seats at the 159 junior colleges, which are part of the CAP, in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The focus now shifts to the bifocal admissions for which the provisional list is to be released on 1st July and the final list on 3rd July.
Admissions to the bifocal seats will be done by way of counseling-based table rounds i.e., students will be called for counseling sessions scheduled as per their merit list numbers and offered bifocal seats. Once the admission is confirmed to a bifocal seat, the student automatically has to forgo the application he/she may have submitted for any other stream such as science, commerce or arts. Rekha Palshikar, viceprincipal of Fergusson College, which is the main co-ordinatring centre for CAP, said the merit list for the larger number of conventional arts, science and commerce stream is expected to be released on July 18.
For now, all the data received through the admission forms will be fed into computers for effecting merit based allotment of seats. Of the 60,662 applications, the science stream has drawn 26,025 forms, which are 6,390 more than the availability of 19,635 science seats. The CAP authorities have been facing similar situation of excess pleas for science stream for the past few years. However, admissions are guaranteed as the education department sanctions additional sections to junior colleges for accommodating the excess pleas. Some of the science stream applicants also opt for other avenues like diploma programmes or other streams.
Commerce stream has drawn 22,721 seats, which is 3,759 less than the availability of 26,480 seats but, the highest deficit, as usual, is for the arts stream where only 2,549 forms have been submitted against the availability of 12,740 seats. The difference works out to 10,191 less applications. Bifocal stream has drawn 4,725 applications, which is less by 800 in numbers as against the availability of 5,525 seats.
Courtesy: Times of India