It's that time of the year when students begin applying for admissions first year junior colleges (FYJC) online. But for those applying under the sports quota, the process is not sporting enough. In most cases, students don't end up in the college that encourages their sport of choice.
The process of online application has not brought them any relief either. Most sports coordinators believe the reason for this is that there is little or no information about the sport being encouraged by the college on its website. Education department officials, however, say that the onus of doing their homework about their sport of choice lies with the student.
Javed Rizvi, secretary of sports of Rizvi College, Bandra, says: "Students are not benefiting from this process. Most of the time, it so happens that a student gets admission in a college where there is no team of that particular sport." Rizvi College is known for its cricket team.
NB Chavan, deputy director of school education, says, "The online admission goes smoothly every year and students who wish to apply on sports quota are welcome to do so. Eventually, it is up to the student to find out which college has a good team of the sport he/she is looking for."
Sports secretary of Central Suburb College, Ghatkopar, says it's true that students often end up in the wrong colleges. "This was earlier pointed out by many sports coordinators to the education department but, unfortunately, there is no link on the website where they can click to get more information."
Akash Kolekar, a cricket player, says, "I have not yet filled up the FYJC online admission forms on the website, but it will be helpful it the college provides us with more information."
Shobana Vasudevan, principal, RA Podar College, Matunga, says, "We welcome all students in our college from any sports. We don't want to discourage them from participating in any sports at the college level. But yes, it will be an added benefit for students had there been a column
in website of FYJC online admission where they get information which colleges are having what sports team."
Moral of the story? Do your homework before applying under the sports quota. Because nobody else is willing to play ball.
In colleges for FYJC online admission:
3 per cent sports quota
2 per cent cultural quota
Website for fyjc admission:: http://fyjc.org.in/mumbai/StaticPages/NewAddedCollege.aspx?did=229