Mumbai: It's mission admission in Maharashtra as lakhs of students vie for junior college seats on Friday after a two-month wait, following the state government's controversial 'best five subject' education policy. So how prepared are colleges to take up the challenge?
"There will be confusion in the calculations as formula is taken for each student and it differs with ICSE and SSC students," Jai Hind College principal Kirti Narayan.
According to the proposed best five subject formula colleges have to accept the best scores of four subjects from Group One (Languages, Social Studies and Environment Studies) and take the best score from one subject in Group Two (Mathematics, Sciences, Economics, Foreign Languages). But ICSE students also have a Group 3 (cookery, yoga, computers and performing arts) which will no longer count.
ICSE students have therefore a choice of either using the Best Five formula or the aggregate of their seven subjects to get admission.
Maharashtra state board students say that the Supreme Court's decision to extend Best Five formula to ICSE board students also continues to perpetuate the already existing disparity between the boards.
"ICSE students are happy but many students are dissatisfied due to the government's skewed decision," says Xavier Luis, parent of an ICSE student.
But the real test of the controversial policy will be executing it when admissions begin. So if you're aspiring for a junior college seat, gear up for some rush and chaos on Day 1.