Mumbai college derecognised over 630 illegal admissions in FYJC
MUMBAI CITY NEWS: The college will have to shut down and the department will shift its students to other institutions in the vicinity that have vacant seats.mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2017 08:56 IST
In a first, the school education department on Monday derecognised a junior college in the city for giving illegal admissions to over 630 students in the first year junior college (FYJC). The state withdrew its approval to the Namdar Shri Ajit Pawar junior college in Borivli for cheating parents and students and not following rules of the centralised admission process.
The college will have to shut down and the department will shift its students to other schools with vacant seats. The Charkop police on Sunday registered a case under section 420 (cheating) of IPC against the college principal and owners of a private coaching class. The college had allegedly tied up with the coaching class and students were marked present even if they attended the tuitions and not the college.
On Sunday, police arrested principal Prashant Gaikwad, 29, and owner of the coaching class for allowing some students to appear for the FYJC exam from its centre. The question papers were also identical, but later the principal only lodged a police complaint blaming the class for malpractice. “This could be a case of a monetary arrangement gone wrong,” said a police official.
According to the notice issued on Monday by BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region, Namdar Shri Ajit Pawar College Arts, Commerce, Rao Junior College of Science, IP Technical College Borivli (name mentioned in the notice) admitted 544 students in the science stream and 86 students in the commerce stream on its own, offline. The college was allowed to take in only 120 students in each stream in the online admissions the department held.
Explaining its modus operandi, Chavan said, “When the system allotted students for first year junior college (FYJC), they admitted them but did not upload the information on the portal. Due to this, the seats were considered vacant for the next round as well and more students were allotted. The cycle continued.”
The department issued derecognition order after it received an unsatisfactory explanation to the show-cause on these irregularities. “This is an unprecedented move, but we were forced to take this step considering the severity of the charges,” said Chavan. He will consult Vinod Tawde, education minister over transferring the students to other colleges.
The Charkop police said that college principal, Prashant Gaikwad, 29, was arrested on Sunday, but they are still looking for the other accused from the private coaching class. “The principal complained about the classes, but we found later that he was also involved in the cheating,” said Gokul Patil, inspector.