Made to run from pillar to post despite clearing CMAT
Sonia Harwani, a student from Rajasthan, came to Pune to take admission for Management in Business Administration (MBA), was aghast when she was told that she could seek admission only through management quota, despite a good score in All India Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) examination.
From this year, Maharashtra State started accepting the CMAT score for admission to management courses in the state. Accordingly, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) is carrying out the admission process. However, before the admission process could be completed peacefully, the students have come up with complaints of inconsistency in the functioning.
Sonia told dna that she had to give three preferences out of 100 colleges in the first round of Centralised Admission Process (CAP), but she got a college which was not in the first three. “I was given a college which was not on my preference list, so I went for CAP II round. There I was not allotted any college at all.”
I was not eligible for CAP round IIIrd and IV as the former is only for Maharashtra students and the latter is for non-creamy layer students,” Sonia said. “When I called up DTE office, officials told me that I can go to the college of my preference and take admission, i.e through management quota,” she added.
She said it was an injustice that in spite of a good score in the All India Entrance Course and completing the formalities on time, she was being meted out such treatment.
Deputy director of STE, Pune region, PV Sarode denied this. “No such complaint has come to me. And if the officials are saying this, it is incorrect. I would look into the matter and if there is any error from our side, we will correct it. But if the student has made a mistake, then she stands to lose the year,” he made it clear. Meanwhile, a management college expert said, “There are colleges which are giving admissions to the students who have scored negative scores as well.”