The Borivli Education Society can no longer admit new students to its commerce degree course and must discontinue its Bachelor of Management Studies course because it is unauthorised, the Mumbai university has informed the college in a notice.
College authorities said on Saturday they would contest the decision in court, but were also open to meeting with university officials to sort the matter out.
“The order applies only to fresh admissions to the first year of commerce and not to existing students,” said Vice-Chancellor Vijay Khole. “Existing students in the commerce stream can continue at the college.”
He said the college was also running unauthorised “divisions” in the commerce course.
In the management course, the college must help existing students find spots in other colleges, said Assistant Vice-Chancellor A.D. Sawant.
He said: “The BMS course isn’t authorised in that college. So no more classes will be allowed.”
Sawant added: “The college will have to accommodate these students in other institutes. It is the college’s responsibility, not students’.”
It is not clear whether the students in the Class 12 of the institution’s commerce junior college will be allowed to continue in its degree college.
Currently 1,800 students are enrolled at Borivli Education Society.
“We will file a case. We are also meeting university officials on Tuesday to see what can be done,” said Suryakant Morjaria, a college trustee.
Meanwhile, anxious parents and students did the rounds of the college as rumours of a “shutdown” spread.
Amongst them was Viral Raythatha (17), who topped the HSC board in the disabled category. He studied in the junior college and hasn’t applied anywhere else for degree college.
“I don’t know what is happening,” he said.
“Some people said the college won’t admit students any more. If that happens, I’ll be in trouble because I haven’t applied elsewhere for degree college.”