For the hopeful students and parents who braved the rains and flocked to colleges on Saturday, the third merit list for undergraduate admissions came as a rude shock. While most colleges displayed a short list of just a handful of seats, some did not put up lists at all as all their seats had been filled up.

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“We displayed a list, but we can’t really specify a cut-off as such because there were just a couple of seats left in every course. In some courses, there were only one or two seats left,” said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College. At Hinduja College, the situation was the same. “Our Bcom seats were filled in the first merit list itself and the remaining courses were filled by the second merit list,” said T A Shiware, the college’s principal. At St Xavier’s College, while there was no third list for degree colleges, it came out with its first list of Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM) and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) courses, for which the college conducts its own entrance exams.

At KC College, the third merit list for Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) course was filled by only in-house students, leaving others disappointed. “I have been coming to college to check every list only to see the seats being filled up by in-house students. If this is the case, the college should at least inform us on their website that seats won’t be available for outside students. It is very disheartening to come and go back disappointed,” said Masooma Bagasrawala, whose child had applied at KC College.

However, it was not just outsiders who were disappointed to see the list. Janki Simzia, who completed her junior college at KC, said, “I haven’t got through admissions here despite being an in-house student. Many of my junior college friends have also not got through. We didn’t apply to any other college. Now we are clueless as to what to do.”

Those who applied only to a selected few colleges and did not get through even one, now don’t know what to do. “I had only applied to Jai Hind, KC, HR and Hinduja, but I haven’t got through any of them. I completed my junior college at Khalsa, but I did not apply there and have already taken my leaving certificate. I don’t know what to do now,” said Sneha Savla.

Ray of hope

Colleges however say that students need not worry about seats. Parag Thakker, vice-principal of HR College said, “After the admission process of the third merit list, colleges will display a list of vacant seats. Students might not get the college or course of their choice, but they will definitely get a seat.” A senior official at Mumbai University said, “After the candidates in the third list get admissions, we will extend the admission dates so students who have missed out can seek admission in colleges where seats are still vacant.”

 

Source: Mumbai Mirror

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