FYJC admissions: Students await information booklet, college cut-off details

The Indian Express | 6 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 10:45 pm

FYJC admissions: Students await information booklet, college cut-off details

After the publication of results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination, lakhs of students across Maharashtra are waiting for the First Year Junior College (FYJC) admissions. However, even as the registration process for admission is underway, students are yet to get their information booklets.Every year, information booklets are issued for students seeking admission to FYJC. The idea is to simplify the process. Additionally, the portal for admission also provides information on cut-off scores of merit lists of colleges from the previous academic year. In the second part of the form, students have to list their preferences of colleges for admission. The cut-off scores from previous years are also mentioned. In absence of both, students seeking admission FYJC and their parents are getting anxious.“Students and parents have started reaching out to us, asking for the information booklet, especially since the SSC result,” said the principal of a school at Andheri. The FYJC admission booklets are provided to students through their respective schools which also hold training sessions for their students on how to apply for FYJC admission through the centralised online system.“Generally, the FYJC admission process starts after the SSC result is out. But this year, the admissions will have to wait as the CBSE and ICSE class 10 results are still awaited. However students, who have cleared the SSC, can start listing their preference for colleges in the second part of the form,” said a senior teacher from a Dahisar school.The Director of Education (Secondary) conducts the centralised online admission system for FYJC in cities — Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik and Amravati. Each city has a separate online admission portal catering to students applying for junior colleges located there. This year, the FYJC admission process has already drawn criticism after its mock round was delayed in May. Since the registration process began on May 30, over 1 lakh candidates have already registered themselves for admission.Director of Education (Secondary), Mahesh Palkar said, “The process will soon allow candidates to fill the second part of the form. We are currently working with the data from Maharashtra State board.”The FYJC online admissions system sources SSC students’ data from the state board following which their marks are automatically entered into the system.

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The Indian Express | 9 hours ago | 28-06-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
9 hours ago | 28-06-2022 | 05:45 pm

The caste system in India had been a form of reservation system where only people belonging to some castes could get education and enjoy wealth, senior Karnataka Congress leader and ex-chief minister Siddaramaiah has said, asserting that reservations are needed to overcome the social inequalities caused by the caste system.“In the Chaturvarna system only Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas could be educated. Only they could enjoy wealth. Only they had the opportunity to govern. Was it not a form of reservation? The majority Shudras were robbed of access to education. They could not enjoy the benefits of their own hard work,” Siddaramaiah said at a function held here last Sunday for the release of a book “Reservations – Myth and realities” written by former Karnataka High Court judge H N Nagamohan Das.“This is why Dr Ambedkar said that as long as there is a caste system there must be reservations. As long as there is social inequality there should be reservations,” Siddaramaiah said.The Leader of Opposition rued that the backward classes failed to demand their constitutional right for reservations and that the move by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government to provide 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections among upper castes was a “setback” for the demand for reservations for the socially and educationally deprived communities in the country.“Changes do not happen just by spoken words. It has been 75 years since Independence and 72 years since the framing of the Constitution of India. There has been no change in the situation. The presence of backward classes in government jobs is only two per cent at present,” he said.Siddaramaiah,73, who belongs to the backward class Kuruba community is among the foremost BC leaders in Karnataka. Before joining the Congress in 2006, he was a part of the Janata Parivar, where caste and affirmative action were a central tenet of the socialist politics pursued by its leaders.Like the Bihar CM and Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar, Siddaramaiah is an admirer of Ram Manohar Lohia, who championed the cause of the underprivileged classes while seeking to break caste strangleholds in Indian society.Siddaramaiah attempted to build up his support base among minorities, backward classes, and Dalits before he quit the Janata Dal to switch to the Congress. He has had limited success in nurturing this political base splintered across parties. The Kuruba community, which makes up nearly eight per cent of the 33 per cent backward classes’ population in Karnataka, is however among those groups who have continued to rally behind his leadership, even as he gears up for the crucial Assembly elections next year.In his hard-hitting speech at the book-release event, Siddaramaiah said, “Now what has happened is that Narendra Modi has given 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections in the upper castes. Is there any provision in the Constitution of India for such reservations under Article 15 or 16? What do these Articles say? It says that the socially and educationally backward people must be given reservations. There is no provision for reservations for the economically weaker section. They passed the bill for reservations for economically weaker sections in a hurry, within a day. It was an unconstitutional move and we all have been keeping quiet,” he charged.“Reservations are not new, it has been in existence in Karnataka for over 100 years and many other places. In Maharashtra it was done by Sahu Maharaj — the Justice Party campaigned and got it done in Tamil Nadu. It did not happen in North India but it happened in South India,” Siddaramaiah said, adding that many backward class people were themselves unaware of the reasons and efforts for reservation for the socially and educationally backward communities.“There is no understanding on why reservations are needed and the purpose of reservations,” he said. “How many in the backward classes know the background of the reservation issue – how many know about the Miller Commission, Kaka Kalelkar Commission, Naganagouda report, Venkataswamy report, about the Chinappa Reddy Commission report — no one has read these things. Even among the educated many have not read the Constitution,” Siddaramaiah said. “After the Kalelkar Commission (first backward classes commission) report was rejected in 1955, no one asked for a new commission for 22 years. In 1977 the Janata Party government announced a new commission – the Mandal Commission. The report was submitted to the government in 1980. The report did not see the light of day until VP Singh became the PM (in 1989). We have been tolerating the injustice and living quietly.”Taking aim at the ruling BJP, the Congress leader charged: “Who opposed the reservations? The ones who deliver big lectures about the backward classes these days (the BJP) are the ones who opposed it at the time. Who carried out the rath yatra? Who arrested them? We have been living quietly despite all the injustice. They carry out atrocities and keep asking what is the purpose of reservations, for how many years will you have reservations?”Siddaramaiah further said, “There are 4653 castes — who created these castes? If I say these things, then everyone pounces on me. That is the problem. You cannot tell the truth,” he said. “It is a fact that despite being in the majority we (BCs) are the ones who get abused. If one of us speaks then there will be a response from 20 on the other side. No one on our side will speak after that — they will all go quiet.’’“Even those who have been provided with reservation are not bothered… There should have been celebrations over the Mandal report which recommended 27 per cent reservations but they (from BCs) joined the protests against the commission,” Siddaramaiah charged.

Eyeing rainbow base ahead of 2023 Karnataka polls, Siddaramaiah pitches quota cure for caste
Daily Briefing: SC grants interim relief to Shiv Sena rebels; Delhi Police arrests Mohammed Zubair
The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 28-06-2022 | 11:45 am
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Daily Briefing: SC grants interim relief to Shiv Sena rebels; Delhi Police arrests Mohammed Zubair
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The Indian Express | 15 hours ago | 28-06-2022 | 11:45 am
The Indian Express
15 hours ago | 28-06-2022 | 11:45 am

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Schools poor in digital learning,180 districts score less than 10%
Performance Grade Index-District 2019-20 report: Rajasthan tops the list, Punjab second
Times of India | 1 day ago | 27-06-2022 | 08:36 pm
Times of India
1 day ago | 27-06-2022 | 08:36 pm

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Performance Grade Index-District 2019-20 report: Rajasthan tops the list, Punjab second
Karnataka govt school teacher suspended for questioning Union Minister over fertiliser shortage
The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 27-06-2022 | 05:45 pm
The Indian Express
1 day ago | 27-06-2022 | 05:45 pm

A government school teacher in Karnataka’s Bidar has been suspended for questioning Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Bhagwanth Khuba over the unavailability of fertilisers in the area.The suspended man has been identified as Kushal Patil, an assistant teacher at Jeerga (K) village primary school in Aurad taluk of the Bidar district. Interestingly, Khuba represents the Bidar constituency in the Lok Sabha.The education department last Thursday issued a suspension order after the conversation between Patil and Khuba went viral where both exchanged heated arguments. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction, on June 17, issued the order against Patil on charges of “dereliction of duty, irresponsibility and misconduct by intentionally recording the telephonic conversation and making it viral on social media platforms”.In the preamble of the order, the officer referred to the complaint lodged by Deepak Patil Lambori demanding action against Patil for calling Khuba at midnight on June 15 to argue over the shortage of fertilisers and “defaming” the Union minister by making their telephonic conversation public. The officer referred to media reports and the preliminary inquiry report submitted by the Block Education Officer on the issue.In the telephonic conversation, Khuba is heard telling Patil to approach local officials or MLAs if there was a shortage of fertilisers as a Union Minister he cannot attend to minor issues. It turns ugly as the argument heats as Patil dares the minister to come to the village seeking votes in the next elections.Speaking to the Indian Express, Patil said it was his duty to draw the attention of people’s representatives and that he needs to address the injustice that the farming community is facing.Patil, who owns about 88 acres of land where he grows sugar cane, seeds and other agricultural products, said that after his school hours (9 am-4 pm), he goes to the farm. “Our family is dependent on the earnings. The Union Government and Khuba are claiming that there is no dearth of fertilisers. But, the ground reality is that fertilisers are not available in the local market. We are running from pillar to post to get a bag of DAP,” said Patil.This is not the first time that farmers are facing the unavailability of fertilisers, he added. “In October 2021, we had to procure fertilisers from Telangana and we went to Maharashtra as well for the same. People there laugh at us asking despite a Union Minister from your state and constituency, farmers from Karnataka go to other states for fertilisers.”Speaking about his suspension, Patil said that he will not bend to these cheap tactics. “We have elected him and have every right to question him. We cannot allow this dictatorship. The district unit of the teachers’ association held a meeting on Monday and will decide the next court of action. I will not succumb to any pressures.”Khuba told the Indian Express that there is no shortage of fertilisers in the area and alleged that Patil had called him multiple times over the phone on the same day. The Union minister said that after getting three missed calls on his phone from an unknown number, he called back.“I attended a district review meeting on June 13 in Kalaburgi and 14 in Bidar. No one raised the issue, then. In fact, Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Society members came to my office on June 12 and felicitated me. They also did not raise any issue because there was no issue with fertiliser supply.”“He can question me and he has all the rights but in the conversation, he threatened me. And he has released the audio on a public platform where he speaks rudely,” he added.

Karnataka govt school teacher suspended for questioning Union Minister over fertiliser shortage