Three years on, process fails to strike a chord with students; 52% prefer to stand
in queues instead
It seems the online admission process has failed to connect
with students. Three years after it was launched with the intention of saving the
students from running pillar to post for college admissions, it has failed to infuse
confidence among FYJC aspirants.
This year, 52% students preferred to take the offline route to admission, while
48% applied online. In fact, figures show that one in three students have no faith
in the online admission process.
Of the 1.93 lakh FYJC aspirants, at least 70,901 students ignored the online admission
process. Also, just 50,000 students confirmed their admission in the online process
compared to 2,54,931 last year. Opting for the offline process, 12,402 students
got admission through the management quota, 20,356 from the in-house quota while
37,143 through the minority quota.
"I did not want to depend on a mechanical system for admissions after having heard
of other people's bad experiences. Since it asked for a minimum of 35 college options,
and I had to list even those which were not of repute, I did not want to gamble
on my seat. I secured admission through the management quota in Mithibai College,"
said Kshitij Parmar, who secured 91.3% in his SSC exams.
Interestingly, most of the students pulled out of the online process at the last
minute as they were not allocated a college of their choice. "Last year, around
55% students opted for offline admissions. This year, the figure is around 60%,"
a senior education official said. "Students think the online process is too much
of a hassle and they won't have control over their admission. Hence, those who score
well go for offline admissions." Colleges complained that many students were cancelling
their provisional admissions. "We are facing trouble retaining students. After the
online process was over, around 10-15% students who had been allotted a seat, reshuffled
and went for other colleges," said T. A. Shiware, Principal, KPB Hinduja College,
Courtesy: DNA India