TALKS are underway among local tertiary institutions which come under the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) to allow students to change their JUPAS choices after the release of the Advance Level Examination results. Dr Jerry Yu Jer-tsang, chairman of the JUPAS operation committee, said the seven institutions - the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University, City University, Baptist University, University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Lingnan College - are considering the possibility of the move. 'We have three to five proposals at the moment. One of them suggests a full-scale change of all the 20 choices students make under JUPAS while others allow a flexible change,' said Dr Yu. 'The institutes will give their reports on the proposals to JUPAS by the end of this month and a meeting will be summoned in November to discuss the issue.' Dr Yu said he was personally for the move but whether the proposal would go through depended on the institutes' responses. He reckoned that the proposal which allows students to make their choices all over again after the release of the exam results was the same as re-applying. However, he added: 'The first step we could make at this moment is probably to allow students to alter some of their choices, not all. And we will see how it works. 'Whichever proposal goes through, the idea is to finalise the choices after the release of the exam results and before school starts.' A-level results are scheduled to be released on July 12, 1996. Under the current JUPAS policy, students have until May 31, 1996 to change their choices of courses. Dr Yu said JUPAS could only act as the 'middleman' between the institutes in deciding which way they would go. 'We have to reach a unanimous decision. Even if only one or two universities reject the proposal, it will be dropped.' He added that even if the proposal were approved, it would be 'too hasty' to adopt it this year. For this year, students will be required to hand in their application forms before December 1. The form will indicate the 20 choices of university courses of their preference and these choices can be changed before next May. In a survey conducted by Hok Yau Club, 86 per cent of the 190 respondent schools said seventh-formers should be allowed to change their choices after they have received their A-level results. Form Seven students said they would be able to make better decisions after they find out how they did in the examination. A student who attended a seminar on JUPAS organised by Hok Yau Club said: 'Even if we knew what we would like to study [in university], we can't make the right decision without knowing our A-level results.' She added that the students needed more time to make their decisions as they have so many university open days to attend and information to digest. In the last academic year, controversy was sparked off when a Form Seven student withdrew from JUPAS after she realised that her A-level results could get her better offers than the ones she had chosen earlier. The student eventually gained admission to the School of Business and Management of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. This led to a wave of criticism throughout the territory for breaching the spirit of JUPAS.