Pune: The first regular round of admissions under Std XI Online Centralised Admission Process (CAP) began on Monday. Meenakshi Raut, Assistant Director of Education, Pune Region and Secretary, Std XI Online Centralised Admission Process (CAP) Control Committee, Pune, spoke about the changes brought about in the system and how they have helped the students.
What changes have been brought about in the Std XI Online CAP this year?
This year, for the first time, we have introduced the provision for revising students' preference list after each round of admission. Also, between the rounds, the students would be allowed to switch from regular admission to quota admission, depending on availability of seats at the college they want. Students who have not filled the form for CAP will be able to do so in the time given to them between two rounds, until the fourth and the last regular round.
This year, we have done everything we could to ensure all students get a fair chance at higher education. That is why, in the beginning, we made all the schools submit the information of all their Std X passed students and the school took the responsibility to make sure that all fill the form.
Why aren't the students who have got the first college on their list allowed to wait? Why have the provisional admissions been aborted?
All those who have been allotted the same college that was the first on their respective preference list would have to take admission at that college only. If not, they wouldn't be able to take part in the remaining three rounds. This is done to ensure that we do not enter the next round taking the same number of students that we had for the last rounds. Many students are confused, but it is not fair to the rest of the students who have got the college they least preferred. The option to wait is for them, not for those who have got the best college they wished for.
Although we have cancelled the provisional admissions, it would not affect students much. Earlier, students booked a seat at the college alloted in the first round for Rs 50 and gave their documents to that college. If they were allotted the college they preferred more in the next round, they had to go about the whole process of acquiring back the documents and taking admission at the new college, which also turned out to be more time-consuming.
How do you think these changes have helped the students?
There is yet some time to see how many students make changes to their preference list. However, this will certainly help a great number of students as they could see the cut-offs of the colleges on their list, and then accordingly, by comparing their marks to that of the college cut-offs, they can change the names of the colleges on their list. Also, we have set our timetable in such a way that the classes do not start late, to avoid shortening of the first term of the academic year. The classes for the students of regular and quota round will start on August 9, and those who will pass the SSC supplementary examination will have their admission round later.