5% seats in FYJC 11th Online Admission for Earthquake-affected Persons

5% seats reserved in FYJC 11th Online Admission for Earthquake-affected persons

5% seats will be reserved in first year junior college (FYJC) 11th admission for students affected by projects or earthquakes in Maharashtra, this has been introduced for the first time this year.
Students vying for open category seats feel that the seats from their category will be taken away to cover those seats.

All 778 colleges under the University of Mumbai including those run by minority institutions and who are participating in the centralised 11th admission process for FYJC will follow these new reservation guidelines while allocating seats.

Reservation for earthquakes affected victims add to the existing quota of 50% for students belonging to the same minority community as the college, 20% for in-house students, 5% for management, 2% and 3% for cultural and sports quota, and 3% for differently-abled. The education department is also of the view that at least 30% seats are filled by women.

Students need to contact the collector or district rehabilitation officer to issue certificates mentioning that project-affected or earthquake-affected persons (PAPs) or their dependents are eligible for the seats.

Vinod Tawde, education minister said, "We are providing constitutional and parallel reservations in the 11th online admission process this year which was long due.”

This new quota means that out of the 2.92 lakh seats available in the 2017-18 11th FYJC admission process, 14,604 will be reserved for PAPs.

Information about this quota is mentioned in the new information booklet having the rules and regulations for the new ‘student-friendly’ 11th online admission in Mumbai this year. Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary of the state school education department said, “Rehabilitation of people is major issue in respect to government projects or natural calamities.”

Shraddha Gokul, an FYJC student from Vile Parle said, "General category students always have to face the brunt of such reservations in every educational institute be it medical admissions or engineering. New reservation rules will make it harder for regular students to get a seat in coveted minority colleges."

Many colleges said that they have not been informed by the education department for these changes. Hemlata Bagla, in-charge principal, Kishanchand Chellaram College, Churchgate said, “FYJC information booklet mentions about the new additional reservations, but nothing much is explained about them.”