More than 39,000 students in Maharashtra woke up on Tuesday to the news that their colleges would be de-recognised, exposing them to an uncertain future.
Anxious students and parents queued up at the three institutes affected in the state — Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (TMV), Pune, D.Y. Patil Medical University, Kolhapur and Krishna Institute of Medical Science University (KIMSU), Karad.
“We have assured students that nothing will happen to them,” said Ajit Polekar, registrar, KIMSU. Late Congress leader Yashwantrao Mohite’s nephew Suresh Bhosale is KIMSU’s vice-chancellor. TMV vice-chancellor Deepak Tilak expressed surprised. “The UGC committee submitted a favourable report after visiting TMV just three months ago,” he said.
TMV has 38,000 students enrolled in more than 120 courses. Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is its chancellor.
DY Patil University chancellor Sanjay Patil was unavailable for comment.
Students of Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences in Chennai damaged computers and boycotted classes on Tuesday, after their institution figured as one of the institutions set to lose their deemed university status.