With junior college (FYJC) admission out of touch this year, colleges in the city are trying to keep up with change. From training staff to review documents online to holding video meetings with students to guide them through the process, colleges around town do it all.
At VG Vaze College in Mulund, the authorities began preparing the trial three weeks before the first earnings list, which was published on August 30th.
“We shared the entire process with our staff and made sure the review of the documents went smoothly for both them and the students. If all employees try to review documents in the portal, it can crash. So we decided to assign 20-25 students to each employee. Our staff took the students’ contact numbers, called them and asked them to send a single PDF on WhatsApp that could be easily verified in minutes. In this way, we completed the first round admission without any problems, ”said Vidyadhar Joshi, Deputy Director of VG Vaze College.
At Jai Hind College, Churchgate, the college organized various online sessions with students to guide them through the process. “We even did this for college admission. Students who had difficulty uploading documents or had questions about the admissions process could resolve them without going anywhere, ”said Ashok Wadia, director of Jai Hind College. He said that in many cases the students did not upload the required documents. “Sometimes when we ask them for a particular document, they show us on camera, but they couldn’t upload it. So we ask them to do so, ”he added.
This year, the entire admission process for FYJC is online, from applying for college to confirming admission to paying fees.
“The transition from offline to online has not been easy for college staff. During the day, I get at least a dozen calls from my staff who either get stuck due to a bad network or have questions about the process. Everyone works very hard to make sure the students don’t suffer, ”said the director of a suburban college.