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Have no links with Mumbai college shut for cheating, says NCP leader Ajit Pawar

Mumbai city news: The college will have to shut down and the department will shift its students to other schools with vacant seats.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2017 08:56 IST
Puja Pednekar
Pawar has demanded stern action against the college for its fraud.
Pawar has demanded stern action against the college for its fraud.(HT File)

A controversial Borivli college, which was derecognised on Monday for cheating 630 students, was misleading students by using the name of former deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar, without his permission. Pawar on Tuesday told Hindustan Times that he is not connected in any way to his namesake, Namdar Ajit Pawar College, Borivli, and has demanded stern action against it for fraud.

The state school education department on Monday had issued a derecognition order against the college, after it was found to be in cahoots with a private coaching class in admitting students illegally and cheating them.

This caused the National Congress Party politician embarrassment as the college appears to be named after him. Talking to Hindustan Times over the phone, Pawar said, “I do not know who is running this educational society, but it has no connection with me. Our society doesn’t do any illegal activities, and we have not given any permission to anyone else to use our name.”

Pawar mentioned that he sought a meeting with Tawde on Monday, immediately after this incident became known. “I met Tawde and told him to take whatever action is necessary against this fraudulent college. I recommended that the state should derecognise or shut down the college.”

Read: Mumbai college derecognised over 630 illegal admissions in FYJC

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 the 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 himself lodged a police complaint blaming the class for malpractice. “This could be a case of a monetary arrangement gone wrong,” said a police official.

The notice issued on Monday by BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region, said Namdar Shri Ajit Pawar College Arts, Commerce, Rao Junior College of Science, IP Technical College Borivli (name mentioned in the notice) admitted 544 students for science and 86 students for commerce offline. The college was allowed to take in 120 students in each stream in the online admissions. Chavan said, “When the system allotted students, they admitted them but didn’t upload their details on the portal. So the seats were considered vacant for the next round and more students were allotted.”