Online oops! Boys guided into girls' college
Wrong information in the online instructions manual led several
boys to apply to Burhani College of Arts and Commerce in Mazgaon, a girls' college.
They were left stranded after the first merit list was declared on Friday 22nd July
In the FYJC online admissions instructions book, which is given to students to guide
them through the online process, Burhani College was wrongly listed in the arts
category as 'co-ed' even though it is a girls-only college. Several boys who were
allotted seats in this college in the first merit list were surprised when the college
turned them away on Monday 25th July 2011.
Around 3-4 boys went to the college on Monday 25th July to pay their fees after
seeing that they had been selected for Burhani College. Vijay Gupta, a student of
Marwari High School, Charni Road, said: "I opted for Burhani College as it is close
to my home and has a comparatively lower cut-off than other arts colleges. But it
turns out that it does not admit boys in the arts section. I am in a fix, as the
college has rejected my admission."
College principal Dr. S. S. Dossa said: "The commerce section of our college is
co-ed, but the arts section is only for girls. We had to reject applications that
came to us. We asked the students to contact the education department."
When the college brought this error to the notice of the deputy director's office
in Charni Road, education officials asked students to submit a written application.
A senior education official said: "We will accommodate these students in the other
rounds of the online admission. It was not their mistake there were some glitches
in the system. We will make some provisions for them. They will not be left without
While the education department officials blamed the college for not filling
in its details correctly in the online book, the college principal said that the
online system was to blame. "When we were uploading our details to be published
in the online book, we could not choose two college types. We had to choose either
'girls' or 'co-ed'. We ended up choosing 'co-ed' because one of our sections was
co-ed and the other was girls-only," Dossa said.
Courtesy: DNA India