The state government on June 11 created a special website, www.mumbaiapplication.com for the purpose, which nearly 500,000 students seeking admissions for the next academic year can use.
Initially, the online admission facility has been made available to all the 500-plus colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai and students can apply from anywhere.
Students seeking admission to first year junior college can register themselves online, select the college(s) of their choice, pay the application fees online, or through mobile phones and even make multiple applications.
However, the process of manual admissions will continue as before, the announcement added.
Principal secretary, School Education, Sanjay Kumar said that 2008 has been declared the Year of Information Technology.
'As part of that, the government wanted to take the gains of IT to the masses, since the largest single process of admissions is post-SSC, in the first year junior colleges, every year.'
In Mumbai, students and parents face a harrowing time during admission season, carrying valuable documents on crowded local trains from one college to another, through monsoon rain – all within a very short time span.
The functioning of the new system was demonstrated to Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, School Education Minister Vasant Purke, Higher Education Minister Dilip Walse-Patil and Minister of State Hassan Mushrif.