As many as 1.17 lakh vacant seats are available for admissions in First Year Junior Colleges (FYJCs), as per the special round of admissions that will be taking place later this week. According to the seat matrix that came out on Monday, the pool available for applications has been further extended by over 10,000 minority quota and 5,600 management quota seats. This is a new addition, as these seats were out-of-bounds for the students earlier. In compliance with an order from the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, such seats in the minority colleges were left out of the online admission process. According to an official belonging to the education department, they have been included in the total number of seats available.
As a result, 1,17,833 seats are now up for grabs for the students seeking seats. Four rounds of admissions have already been done away with till now, and a staggering 60,000 students are still left seeking admissions in spite of scoring good marks in the Class X Board exams. “With the quota seats up for grabs, there are more than enough seats available. We have opened the forms again so that candidates can fill their preferences based on the vacancies displayed,” said the official.
This has reignited the hopes of candidates and parents alike, as vacant seats have cropped up in some of the colleges who had none earlier. KC College is one such example. It had closed its admissions once the second round had concluded but now has 75 seats available in the Arts stream. Mithibai College, similarly, has over 250 seats available in the Science stream.
“Many colleges have surrendered their quota seats and chances have opened up in the preferred colleges where we had missed out by a mark. I am hopeful that my son will get an admission in this round,” said a parent, wishing to remain anonymous.