Mumbai: Thousands of engineering students who logged in to the DTE Maharashtra portal on Thursday to freeze and confirm the seats allotted to them were up for a shock when they found the online payment system reporting an error and not working properly.
Making the situation worst for the students, the Rs.5000/ admission fees they needed to pay online was debited from their accounts but the DTE Maharashtra website still displayed payment “Incomplete” message, indicating that the payment debited from students’ account is not credited to DTE Maharashtra.
“I tried to transfer money online at least 08 times today. I used different devices at different places. Last time I tried making the payment at around 05:30 pm at Government Polytechnic Dhule with the help of its staff. But, could not complete the payment”, a student who does not wish to be named said while talking to ummid.com.
Government Polytechnic Dhule is one of the DTE Maharashtra ARCs for verification of original documents.
“On one occasion when I was trying to transfer the Rs.5000/- fees online using my mobile phone and Union Bank Debit Card it got connected to my bank’s server. But in the end it gave “Proxy Server Error”, though the payment was debited from my account”, he added.
“Thinking that there is some error with my mobile phone, I requested one of the staff members of Government Polytechnic Dhule to help me out. He tried making the payment using college computer. We again got the “Proxy Server Error”. The payment was again debited from my account”, he said.
“After discussion with other staff members, we decided to change the debit card, thinking there could be some problem with Union Bank Debit Card. Third time, we used Dena Bank Debit Card. It again gave the same error. The fees amount was again debited from my account, but DTE Maharashtra portal displayed the message that the payment transfer was incomplete”, he said.
Seeing the mess-up in the online payment transfer system, a staff member quipped, “This is the reason why we don’t see the crowd here today. Had the payment system been working properly, you could not have found sufficient place to stand in this hall”, he said.
Some students when failed in making the payment online went to the ARC with cash, as there was a note that payment can also be made at the ARC. But, the ARC refused to accept the cash and insisted on making the payment online.
At around 05:15 pm, the DTE Maharashtra Admission portal added, along with the Axis Bank online payment option, one more option informing the students that payment in the form of Demand Draft (DD) can also be submitted at the ARC.
The DTE Maharashtra released the Cap Round – I Allotment status of engineering students Thursday June 29 late in the night, and students were told to confirm their allotted seats before July 03, 2017.
Ironically, the release of Provisional Allotment Status of Cap Round-I in itself was not smooth. As per the announced schedule, the DTE Maharashtra was supposed to display Cap Round – I status before 05:00 pm on Wednesday June 28. In the evening, the DTE Maharashtra however posted a one-line message on its website saying the CAP Round I status will be released after 08:00 pm.
At 08:00 pm, the one line message read “after 11:00 pm”. When the students visited the DTE Maharashtra website at 11:00 pm, they were greeted with a message that “the Provisional Allotment CAP Round I Status will be displayed after 12:00 am”.
The DTE Maharashtra finally released the Provisional Allotment CAP Round I Status sometimes after 12:20 am – after a delay of more than 07 hours than the announced schedule.