The Mumbai University has issued a directive to its colleges to increase concessions for Kashmiri migrant students.
However, when asked whether the term 'migrant' pertains to Kashmiri Pandits exclusively, migrants from the Kashmir valley or anybody belonging to the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Leeladhar Bansod, public relations officer of MU, said, "I'm not sure exactly who the term refers to, but the government has issued a document that has all the conditions clarified."
The directive instructs colleges to relax minimum eligibility marks by 10%, increase capacity by 5% in each course and reserve one seat in merit quota in technical and professional courses, and also asks them to waive off the required domicile documents.
Fr Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier's College, said, "We have been providing an extra seat to Kashmiri students for a while now, but how much are we supposed to increase class capacity by? Each class has 120 students, which is far too many already."
However, there are Kashmiri students who are getting into colleges through the general category. "I was aware of the reservation, but my grades were good enough to get through general category, so I did not avail of the reservation," said Shreya Kotwal, a Kashmiri pandit and student of BMM at Sophia College.
Students are not entirely against the idea of another reservation though. Nikita Chopra, a student of Sir JJ College of Architecture said, "I don't mind a reservation as long as they (MU) do the due research. and students who are economically disadvantaged are provided with opportunities. MU already provides a great number of reservations for Maharashtrian students, unlike Delhi University which doesn't have a specific quota for Delhi students."
Mumbai University has extended the pre-admission online registration of enrolment deadline to Aug 30 as many colleges still have vacant seats.
As a part of modernisation, MU will be declaring results along with a grade card of students on the University website. Self-attested mark list from the website can be used for the admission process at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. The original mark list/GC can be verified at the final level of admission.