October 6, 2016 2:06:52 am
Around 57 per cent seats remain vacant in law colleges across the state after three rounds of admissions. In an attempt to fill the gap, the state government has announced a fourth round on Thursday where candidates can change preferences and reapply.
Data available on the website of the Directorate of Higher Education says a little over 12,500 seats are vacant. Even as around 30,000 candidates took the state’s maiden common entrance test for law, only 9,455 confirmed their admissions. In the three-year course, more than 6,500 seats have been confirmed but only 2,300 seats have been filled.
Considering the demand for law courses among students in the past few years, the turnout for admissions is low. Also, while vacancies are in colleges outside Mumbai, the demand is higher for colleges within the city.
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An official from the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell said the cell has released a list of vacancies in colleges across the state so that candidates can change their preferences accordingly for the fourth and fifth rounds. The CET Cell will, in the fifth round, allow private unaided colleges to conduct admissions based on merit.
Candidates in the city, however, remained distressed as very few seats were available in the general category in colleges in Mumbai.
At KC Law College, of the 300 seats available, 150 have been filled. Principal Sunita Khariwal said two sections had already begun. She said though the college was much in demand among candidates, the enrolment has been low.
Even as the CET Cell official suggested that the candidates fill in their preferences carefully for the next two rounds, many candidates were worried as they had not made it to any of the allotment lists. “We are usually told that we have not been allotted seats because we didn’t fill our applications properly,” said Jay Gaikwad, another aspirant waiting for allotment.
Some principals and candidates blamed the admission process for the low turnout.
However, CET Cell Commissioner Chandrashekhar Oak denied that the admission process had anything to do with the lower number of admissions. He said candidates should apply carefully to secure seats.
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