MUMBAI: Even as nearly one lakh students continue to wait for a (FYJC) seat, the centralized admission process has made allotments to high scorers for a second time in spite of not confirming seats at their top preference in round one.
The repeat allotments during the third merit list resulted in cut-offs soaring to over 95% at some city colleges. If a student is allotted a college listed as the top preference, the student has to confirm the admission. Failing to do so, the student will not get a second chance in any regular rounds. But when the third merit list was announced on July 31, some colleges were allotted students with very high scores, leading to suspicion. For instance, at V G Vaze College, Mulund, there were two vacancies for students from the general category in Science. These seats were allotted to students with 97.83% and 96.8%.

The two students did not turn up for admission during the following three days.

They told TOI they had filled up the form during the first round but stopped following up as they were already studying at an ICSE school and a junior college in Aurangabad. When students do not turn up for admission in round one, their applications are blocked for further rounds but they were assigned the same college in round three.

Similarly, at Ruia College, Matunga, the vacant seat for Arts was allotted to a student with 97.8%. College authorities confirmed the student did not report for admission. The education department too received a complaint from a student allotted R A Podar College, listed as his first preference in round one but once again allotted Jai Hind College in round three.

The education department said it would look into how the system had allotted seats to the students twice. “There could be a problem from the end of the student or the system. We are looking into not only these cases but also investigating if there are more. We are working with the technical team,” said an official. Parents’ groups said these are signs that the online allotment process is not foolproof. “The point of the online admission process is transparency and merit-based allotments. But time and again there have been occasions when there are doubts on its efficiency. We have demanded to see the audit of last year’s process but still haven’t got it,” said Vaishali Bafna, System Correction Movement (SYSCOM), a Pune thinktank tracking the admission process.

College principals too raised questions on how the allotments are made. “Colleges have not been explained how the seats are allotted and often told that a software does the task. But there is no transparency. We have to admit students sent to us,” said the principal of a South Mumbai college.
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