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After a lot of deliberation, junior colleges in Mumbai have decided to give up as many as 51,000 seats reserved for students belonging to minorities, in-house and management categories. The decision was made as there were surplus vacant seats for the above categories.
The usual online process will not be implemented to fill these seats. A total of 1.2 lakh seats in the colleges of Mumbai are reserved for minority, in-house and management quota students. Admissions for these seats are conducted by the respective colleges individually. With the lack of applicants, colleges are finding it difficult to fill these reserved seats.
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As per the officials from the Deputy Director of Education’s office, another reason that the colleges are giving up the reserved seats is because they want more students to apply on the basis of merit.
Out of the 35,683 seats available for in-house quota, as few as 9,552 students have been allocated seats through the quota. Over 13,000 seats have been given up and about 12,000 seats still remain vacant.
Explaining the decision of surrendering the seats, officials from the education department also said that the colleges are not willing to let this many seats remain vacant.
There are 660 reserved seats for Sindhi minority in Arts, Science and Commerce stream offered by K C College, Churchgate. Out of these, 604 seats have been surrendered by the college. Realising the fact that there are four Sindhi colleges in the area and not as many Sindhis to take admissions, the colleges considered it apt to give up the seats.
Students who fall under the general category will benefit from this decision as the number of seats for them will increase.
The Education Department further stated, “Since the number of seats has increased, general-category students have a higher chance of getting admission to the colleges of their choice.”