Thursday, 18 July 2019
It seems the hullabaloo over tough competition for junior college seats and the corresponding 10 per cent increase in the number of seats granted by the government, was all a farce. At least the outcome of the first round of Std XI admissions points at that. Out of the 1.35 lakh candidates, who were allotted seats in colleges across the city, only 61,000 have confirmed admission. This has led to activists questioning the government's decision to increase the number of seats. According to the admission numbers declared by the Deputy Director of Education (DyDE), 88 candidates have cancelled their admissions and 373 were rejected. However, about 72,361 candidates did not even report at the respective colleges to take admission.
"This shows there was clearly no need to increase the intake capacity of colleges. The fear of students losing out on seats due to low marks now just feels like a farce. While many students take up non-traditional courses, others switch over to CBSE board to be able to balance regular studies and preparations for competitive examinations like JEE and NEET.