The Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, as a policy decision, had announced admissions to Science courses even for those students who secured just3 5 per cent marks in Class X exam. The decision turned a boon for students who lined up for admissions to Science courses. However, the move turned a bane for Commerce and Arts Streams as a staggering 70 per cent seats remained vacant.
The very existence of Centralised Admissions Committee (CAC), constituted for admissions to Class XI, is in danger, and is likely to be dumped without mercy. The CAC, following the State Board directives, had opened the Science Stream doors for the students who passed the Class X exam with only 35 per cent marks. The directives were implemented from this session resulting in vacant seats in Commerce and Arts Streams in large numbers.
The Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, as a policy decision, had announced admissions to Science courses even for those students who secured just3 5 per cent marks in Class X exam. The State Board decision turned a boon for students who lines up for admissions to Science courses. However, the move turned a bane for Commerce and Arts Streams as a staggering 70 per cent seats remained vacant. The usual trend like students thronging for admissions to Commerce and Arts courses was not witnessed this year.
THE CAC FUNCTIONING:
The interesting aspect of CAC is that it’s functioning is limited to Nagpur Division only. Since its inception 8 years ago, the students were given admissions to Science, Commerce, and Arts Streams through the CAC. However, two years later the doors of CAC for Arts Stream were closed, and after four years, Commerce Stream suffered the same fate. The fate was meted out after the demands by Principals and Headmasters in this regard. Now, the CAC functioned only for admissions to Science Stream. The number of students opting for Science courses increased by leaps and bounds thus inflicting the Commerce and Arts Streams with a shame of a sort as hundreds of classes were left vacant. On one hand the vacant seats, and on the other hand, surplus teachers sitting idle. The situation has come to such a pass that the surplus teachers might be shown doors. Not only surplus teachers would face sacking, the junior colleges themselves would be wiped out by the vacant seats.
The formation of CAC was with good intentions to spare the students who faced enormous difficulties like running from pillar to post for admissions and even misguidance. However, after considering the poor picture of vacant seats in Commerce and Arts junior colleges the very existence of CAC is in danger and could be bundled out in the near future, or, within days and weeks. The number of junior colleges was 115 when the CAC was constituted. Now, the number has more than doubled and stands at 250. The students now-a-days have many options to take admissions in the junior colleges of their choice. The choice made many colleges somewhat comfortable but it also created monstrous difficulties which may swallow them.
A massive 40-50 per cent students of Science Stream, who took admissions through the CAC , were found uneasy. The reason could be attributed to the college of not their choice. Only 1or 2 per cent students could succeed in changing the college and receiving the college of their choice. However, a large number of students “suffocated” in the colleges of not their liking and cascading effects were bunking of the classes, no interest in studies even at homes, and a deserted look due to vacant seats. The junior colleges, too, complained to the CAC of vacant classes in the magnitude of 50-60 per cent.
Jayant Jambhulkar, President of Fuley-Ambedkar Teachers Association, FAGA FATA said, “If the admissions to Class XI through CAC are not banned, the Association would resort to an intense agitation. We would make aware and convince the parents in this connection.”
Ashok Gavhankar, General Secretary of Vidarbha Junior College Teachers Association (VIJUCTA) has warned that if CAC continues to remain the next year, too, then he will go to court and stay the admissions process through CAC. The Commerce and Arts junior colleges have been facing the brunt in the shape of vacant seats.