More than 1.86 lakh of freshman college (FYJC) seats remain vacant in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) after three rounds of admissions concluded on Friday. Of the 45,402 students who were assigned to colleges on the third list that was declared on December 15, only 13,109 students entered.
Friday was the last day for students to confirm their admissions in the third round. After the third round, colleges have also been allowed to give up vacant positions under various quotas such as minority, administration and intern. According to data on the official website of the state department of education, as of Friday, nearly 80,000 seats were vacant in all three installments, with the highest being minorities, more than 58,000. Universities will be allowed to deliver their seats by Saturday night (December 19).
The department will declare the university vacancies for the special round on December 20. The schedule for the special round of admission has yet to be declared. “While most of the high scorers have already entered, those with average scores could have tried a better college during the last two rounds. So the top universities have filled most of their overall vacancies, ”said the head of a South Mumbai-based university.
After three regular rounds in 2019, more than 1.70 lakh of seats were left vacant at MMR. While 3.19 lakhs of seats were up for grabs in MMR last year, this year there are over 3.20 lakhs of seats in the region.
This year, the department had stated that there will be no first-come-first-serve (FCFS) admissions rounds. Instead, special rounds would be held for students who do not gain admission in regular rounds. Rounds of FCFS generally follow regular admissions rounds in which students can claim seats against openings at colleges in a particular city or district and are assigned seats based on who claims them first. These rounds were introduced in the 2018-19 academic year, but were criticized by many parents and experts as allowing lower-scoring students to enter the best colleges against vacant positions.