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‘Student must not suffer’

“A student should not be made to suffer due to the university’s mistake,” observed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

mumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2010 01:25 IST
Urvi Mahajani

“A student should not be made to suffer due to the university’s mistake,” observed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and Mridula Bhatkar directed the Thakur Institute of Management in Kandivli to grant admission to Shalaka Shetti, who had to withdraw her admission in the masters of computer application course as the Mumbai University had not given her revalued marks.

The high court has asked the university to work out a system to complete revaluation of examination paper within 15 days of receiving an application.

Also, the government has been asked to consider issuing directions to colleges asking them not to cancel a student’s admission pending revaluation results.

Shetti had appeared for her bachelors of science (BSc) examination in April. However, she failed in one subject.

She sent the paper for revaluation stating that she should have cleared the examination.

Pending result of the revaluation, she took admission in Thakur Institute of Management.

The institute granted her admission on the condition that she would clear her BSc and acquire the mark sheet before September 29.

Pankaj Das, Shetti’s advocate, argued that since she did not receive her mark sheet till that time, she had to withdraw her admission or she would have lost her admission fees of Rs 94,000.

And if she hadn’t withdrawn her admission, the institute would have cancelled it.

“At least this way she would get the refund of Rs 84,000,” argued Das.

Das said after Shetti’s paper was revalued her marks increased from 26 to 52.

Additional government pleader Milind More argued that the institute could not admit her since the seat was filled after Shetti withdrew her admission.

“Besides, it was the fault of the university which did not evaluate her paper properly. Even the revaluation results took time,” argued More.

Rapping the university in delaying such important matters, Majmudar remarked: “They [university] can’t play with the future of students like this… Even the examiner should be careful (while correcting papers).” The court further observed: “For no fault on her part, she (Shetti) is required to suffer because of the wrong decision of the university.”

The court has asked the director of technical education to regularise Shetti’s seat as one seat would have to be increased for admitting her.