Mumbai, Maharashtra: Like the SSC results, admissions to engineering colleges have been delayed, keeping parents and students anxiously waiting. Last year, the process had started on June 7 but is yet to take off this year. College principals say it may start only by the next weekend.
The delayed process of including HSC scores in preparation of the merit list and delayed permission for new colleges/additional divisions from the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) affected the schedule, said officials.
An official of the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), attributed the delay in admissions to the process of converting physics, chemistry and mathematics scores into percentile.
This is the first year where the merit list will be prepared including the scores of the joint entrance exam (main) and scores of PCM in class XII for engineering admission rounds. Both the scores need to be in percentile format, the DTE is waiting for the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education to release scores in that format. The conversion of marks into percentile is yet to be approved by the state government. A weightage of 50% each will be given to HSC scores in PCM and in JEE (Main), this year.
The schedule for admissions will be released by next week, said the DTE. A principal said, "This year, due to confusion between UGC and AICTE over approval of new colleges and extension of divisions, the process started a bit late. But AICTE has expedited it and has started giving approval to colleges. These colleges and new divisions must be included in the centralized admission process (CAP) rounds."
Chairman of the AICTE, S. S. Mantha said that, the procedure was completed before the Supreme Court deadline of June 10. Approval letters have been downloaded by the colleges from our site. The consolidated list will be received by the state governments by Monday.
17 colleges in the state have received AICTE approval. College principals also stated that, the academic sessions will be pushed till August. Last year the commencement of academic session was on July 22nd. The DTE has introduced four CAP rounds instead of three, this year.