Meeta Ramnani,November 02,2017

Source: Mirror

68 streams see less than 20 enrolments; experts say new colleges and steep fees deter parents, students
The admission process for ju nior colleges in Pune and Pim pri Chinchwad has finally ended after over 12 rounds.But, 21,295-odd seats remain vacant, with 38 streams having less than 20 students admitted for its courses.

The admissions were done by the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) on the basis of the students’ Std X score. Out of the total 92,350 seats, 57,417 students secured admission in the general category and 13,638 admissions happened under the reserved quota. The process saw a total of 71,055 seats filling up across 271 colleges that have 576 streams from among arts, commerce, science and Minimum Competency Vocational Courses (MCVC). As many as 160 streams secured 100 per cent admissions, while no college having zero admission in any stream. However, there are 68 streams, which include 26 from arts, 14 from commerce and 28 from science that saw admission of less than 20 students each.

“A major reason for it is that these colleges are very new, having come up only last year or this year and not yet known to many. So, the students did not choose them. Also, these colleges are self-funded, which means that their fees are steeper than an aided institute, which is why students prefer to go to the latter,“ said CAP committee secretary Meenakshi Raut. One such college, Asian Junior College of Science, Commerce and Arts in Narhe, also has a lot of seats vacant. A source from the college informed that they had asked for permission to have more seats. While that was granted, the GR came post the admissions were started, so the students were not aware of the total seats in college. Arihant Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science in Bavdhan has also received fewer admissions. A source there shared, “We are really not sure why students did not opt for the college. We are located in Bavdhan and one of the reasons for rejecting us could be that proper public transport is not available till here.“

Parents also have a major role to play in which junior college the student goes to, stressed Surekha Dange, education expert and former vice principal at SP College. “More than the students, for Std XI admissions, parents decide the colleges. While fees here are also considered by them and aided colleges are preferred, new colleges also have to make their presence known. This can only happen when students in new colleges perform consistently well for at least three years.“

As far as the streams are concerned, across Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, in arts, out of the 4,790 seats reserved for English medium, admissions were taken in 1,536. And for Marathi medium, out of the 7,980 seats, only 5,671 were filled. In commerce too, for English medium, there were admissions in 15,986 out of 24,095 seats, and Marathi medium had 9,681 seats filled, out of 12,860. The science stream saw 22,117 admissions out of 37,920 seats.

This was the first time that CAP took place in six cities in the state simultaneously -Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati and Nagpur.