Education Department relaxes norm, students can list 17 colleges instead of 35 for
It's good news for students seeking junior college admission
in a particular region.
The education department has relaxed the mandatory condition on students to choose
35 college preferences, allowing them to select only 17 to successfully complete
their online admission forms.
"This is applicable only for those students who are not interested in moving out
of a particular zone. And if the zone does not provide 35 college options, after
filling in 15 compulsory college preferences in the MMR region column, just 2 to
3 college preferences are enough for the Zone column. The Ward column can be left
empty. Even such forms will be accepted as completed forms," said an official from
the education department on the condition of anonymity.
In the past few weeks, the department has received several complaints from anxious
parents regarding non-availability of 35 junior colleges in their preferred regions.
The official said, "While it was made clear that 35 college preferences are mandatory
to successfully complete the online admission form, there are some applicants who
want admission to junior colleges in their residential locality in most cases. Under
such conditions, there aren't always 35 college options. Hence it has been decided
to relax the norm for such students."
These students however, have to compulsorily give 15 college preferences in the
MMR column of the option form, which will be from the specific zone. After filling
in these colleges in the MMR column, if there are no college options left to fill
in the Zone column of the option form, students can list two to three colleges from
a nearby locality. After this, the Ward column can be kept empty. "Such forms will
be accepted with the consideration that the applicant does not want to move out
of the zone of his/her convenience," said the official.
Avinash S, a parent whose daughter is seeking admission into a junior college, explained,
"I am not willing to send my daughter very far for junior college studies. It would
be better if she gets into a college near our locality that is the Vasai-Virar
region. However, with the compulsory 35 college preference rule, we were sure that
some out-of-region colleges would have to be mentioned to complete the form. This
would have invited chances of getting admission into a faraway college. But now
we are glad to know we can do away with it."
Courtesy: Times of India