Admission scam in Mumbai’s minority colleges? State government to look into claims

Opposition alleges 3 colleges converting minority seats into management to ‘sell them’; state refutes allegations, but promises probe
School education minister Ashish Shelar told the legislative Council that he will form special squads to examine the cases.(HT File)
School education minister Ashish Shelar told the legislative Council that he will form special squads to examine the cases.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 28, 2019 12:46 AM IST
Copy Link
ByEeshanpriya MS, Mumbai

Taking note of the Opposition’s claims, the state government on Tuesday promised a probe into allegations of corruption in allotting 50% seats in educational institutions to students from linguistic and religious minority communities in this year’s admission process.

Linguistic and religious minority institutions are supposed to reserve 50% of their seats for specific linguistic or religious community. The Opposition, in the legislative Council, however, alleged that some minority colleges were converting reserved seats into management and selling them to students for lakhs of rupees. Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde said, “Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics (HR College) and Jai Hind College, along with others, fill only 5-7% of the reserved seats with students from the minority community. These colleges don’t get enough students from the minority community to fill up all 50% seats.”

Munde alleged the remaining seats are transferred to the management quota, and sold for 4-5 lakh each, in connivance with the deputy director of education.

School education minister Ashish Shelar told the Council, “If there is any corruption in the matter, we will look into it. I will make special squads to examine the cases.” Shelar, however, refuted allegations of involvement of the deputy director of education in the issue. He also denied that such seats were sold through the management quota, and maintained they are surrendered to the state, and are then filled up via the online admission system.

Munde then read out names of students admitted to these colleges, and asked the house if the last names appear to be of those from the minority community.

Shelar said, “Assuming what the leader of the Opposition is saying is true, I will examine each case singularly and independently for the three colleges you have named. I even met with the three principals earlier this week to discuss the issue.”

Refuting the allegations of violation of rules, the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate board on Tuesday said their process to admissions to junior and degree colleges was transparent.

The Opposition on Tuesday alleged three colleges under the board – Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College, Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics (HR College) and Jai Hind College – converted seats reserved for minority into management and sold them.

“Admission to junior and degree college seats is a transparent process. The allegation is we convert minority seats to management quota seats. It should be known the admission system does not have such provisions,” said Dinesh Panjwani, secretary of the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate board and former principal of RD National College, Bandra.

Panjwani said that in junior college admissions, allotment of minority quota seats is completed before the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) begins for open/general category seats. “The system is very clear that all vacant seats have to be surrendered online to be converted into open category seats,” said Panjwani, adding the process was similar in degree college admissions too. “Admissions to converted seats are conducted on the basis of merit only.”

Despite repeated attempts, Rajendra Ahire, deputy director of education, was unavailable for a comment.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, January 23, 2022