The highly anticipated first-year junior college (FYJC) admissions saw a drop in applications from students this year. While the Maharashtra government increased the number of FYJC seats, only 2.11 lakh students applied for the courses as compared to last year’s 2.31 lakh.
According to the Hindustan Times, Thursday was the last day to file applications. This year, 3.19 lakh seats are available across MMR. This also includes newly added seats in 98 colleges to increase their intake in an attempt to reduce the disparity between state and other board students. Out of 2.11 lakh, 1.85 lakh students will be eligible for admissions in the general admission rounds that begin from July 12.
An official from the state education department told the leading daily, “With an overall dip in the pass percentage this year, the number of students who have applied for FYJC admissions has also gone down. As more seats are available across prominent colleges, students are more likely to get a college of their choice this year.” While talking about vacant seats, a principal of a city college, told the Hindustan Times, “Every year, thousands of seats go vacant. This year, the number is likely to go up. Increasing seats in so many colleges is a futile exercise and will only lead to more vacancies.”