Admission to junior colleges will be just a click away from this year onwards. The state government has decided to take the procedure online, doing away with physical collection and submission of forms at individual colleges. From this year, all a student will have to do is log on to the website, download the admission form, fill in the codes of up to 150 colleges of her choice in the order of preference, and submit the form at the college nearest to her place of residence. The State Education Ministry announced the decision at a public forum organized for managements and principals of schools and colleges, parents, and other stakeholders in education. The Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), which has successfully implemented the system for Pune University, is designing the website, whose address is yet to be finalized. Till last year, admissions were a marathon affair as students had to queue up outside one college after another, first to buy admission forms and then to submit them. Though the government had introduced the online admission system last year, it led to chaos as some students submitted forms both online and physically. The website, www.mumbaiapplication.com, crashed on Day One. Several other glitches such as an inability to make payments online and to upload certificates plagued the system. To avoid confusion, this year admission forms can be downloaded free from the website, though a fee of Rs125 will have to be paid while submitting the form at any college in the city. This will be considerably less than the amount students and parents used to spend on buying forms from each college and on travel. Here are a few tips for students who want to know more on this. Students will get 15 days to fill dummy forms online to get the hang of the online system. Technical support will be available at schools, colleges, and 1,000 MKCL centres. The fee of Rs125 per form will be shared by the college, MKCL, and the government. Different categories — sports, cultural, reservation, etc — will bear code numbers and students will either have to fill in the codes or tick the right choice. Students from Delhi boards, like CBSE and ICSE, can submit their forms when their results are out. But the merit lists will be out only after the state board results are declared. Sana Warsia – NMTV News.
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