The university should act against the educational institute that admits an ineligible student and not against the student, the Bombay high court ruled recently.
Setting aside the decision of the University of Mumbai to cancel the admission of Swanand Agharkar, 19, the court observed: “Various institutions are enrolling students who are ineligible because of which eligible candidates do not get admission.” The judges said the moment the varsity notices that a wrong student has been admitted, it should act against the institute.
Agharkar, a student of B.Sc. (IT) in an Uran-based college, had approached the high court in November challenging the university’s decision to cancel his admission. The varsity cancelled his admission in September, stating he was not eligible for a seat because he had secured less required marks.
Agharkar had secured 43.67% in class 12 exams. The rules say a student can be enrolled for the course only if he or she secures a minimum of 45%. Agharkar said he scored 66.71% and 67.70% in two semesters but was prevented from appearing for the third semester exams on the grounds that he was wrongly given admission.
Agharkar’s lawyers Suhas Oak and Sagar Joshi said he had not secured admission fraudulently. The colleges’ counsel, Narendra Walawalkar, said it was a mistake on the college’s part. The varsity’s lawyer, Rui Rodrigues, said the college has been warned.