With the first-year junior college (FYJC) academic year coming to an end, students and authorities are awaiting for instructions from the education department about the online admission process for second-year junior college (SYJC). Several students who were unhappy with the colleges allotted to them in FYJC, look to change colleges next year.

Last year, the state had decided to conduct SYJC admissions online too.

Education officials said the department will begin work for the online process in the coming weeks. “SYJC admissions too will be done online as planned. Students will get admission against vacancy,“ said said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai. “Once college registrations for FYJC are complete, we will begin work to enable online admissions for SYJC on the same portal. Colleges must not give admissions at their end. If found to have done so, the admission will be cancelled and the student will have to apply through the online process.“

Most students are, however, unaware about the online process. “I did not get a college close to home during the FYJC online process, so I want to change my college this year. I was waiting for my results to apply to other colleges. I am not aware that it has to be done online,“ said Parth Raj, a science student. Until last year, students could approach individual colleges and they would be allotted a seat if there was a vacancy .

Officials said less than 50% students continued at colleges allotted to them in the online process.

Over the past few days, students have been thronging colleges for enquiries about SYJC admission. “There are currently no instructions from the education department. We have put up a notice stating that the admission process is likely to be regulated by the education department and hence, we won't be able to address their queries right now,“ said Vidyadhar Joshi, vice principal of Kelkar College, Mulund.“We have also told our own students to not withdraw their admissions until things are clearer.“

Colleges are also uncertain on how to allow their in-house students to change their stream. “All FYJC admissions have been done online and changing the stream is almost like a new admission. So, we will not be able to complete our in-house admissions too if the students have to change their streams. We have been asking students to wait for further instructions,“ said Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College in Churchgate.