The state’ school education department revised the schedule for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) on Thursday evening, which was the last day to submit applications. While the FYJC classes will now begin on August 9, five days later than previously scheduled, the general and first merit lists will be declared on July 4 and 10.
Directorate of secondary education, Pune, released the new schedule after it gave students, who could not apply for admissions as the website kept crashing last week, two more days to fill applications, which was July 27 earlier.
More than 2.51 lakh students had signed up for online admissions by Thursday evening. Of them 2.36 lakh had completed their application, which consists of registration and option form, in which college preferences are listed. “Since the admission website was not performing well for almost a week, we had to give students more time to apply. Considering this we decided to make changes to the schedule,” said Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary of the department.
However, colleges are upset that the new schedule has eaten into their academic year. Principals said the state should let them conduct three exams in a year, instead of four. “By the time we begin our classes, the first unit test will be upon us,” said Vidyadhar Joshi, principal, Vaze Kelkar College, Mulund. “This gives students less time to prepare and is particularly hard on those who come from regional mediums.”
According to the new schedule, the general merit list, which shows students their ranks, will be put up on July 4 at 11 am. Previously, it was scheduled to release today (June 30). Applicants can correct their information on the merit list on July 5 by submitting applications at their nearest guidance centres. A corrected list will be published on July 7.
The declaration of the first merit list has been postponed to July 10, which was earlier schedule for July 7. The second and third lists have been moved to July 20 and 29. The fourth and final merit list will be declared on August 6, instead of August 1.
REVISED FYJC SCHEDULE
July 4: At 11am, a general merit list with students’ information and their ranks will be declared. This is not an admission list. Students should check it to ensure their information is accurate
July 5: From 11am to 4pm, students can submit written applications to their nearest guidance centres if there are any errors in their information
July 6: Corrections will be done till 6pm
FIRST MERIT LIST
July 7: A corrected list will be published at 11am
July 7 to 9: The technical agency will process the first merit list
July 9: At 3pm, the list will be audited
July 10: The first merit list will be declared at 5pm
July 11 to 13: Students, whose names appear in the first list, can claim their seat by paying the full fee between 10am and 5pm at the allotted college
July 14: Cut-offs of the first merit list will be published on the site and vacant seats will be updated
July 15 to 18: Students can make changes to colleges or streams they listed in their application form between 10 am and 5 pm. Those who have not completed their application forms, can finish it