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Mumbai college derecognised: Students worried about future, govt assures them seats

MUMBAI CITY NEWS: Students are worried as they their documents are with the college

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2017 08:56 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
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The students were shocked when they came to know that the college had shut down.(Pic for Representation)

The fate of more than 600 students from the Borivli junior college, which was shut down by the school education department on Monday after it found illegal admissions and other irregularities, is uncertain. Although the department has decided to shift them to other colleges, the students are worried if the department will be able to find them a suitable college. Also, the derecognised Namdar Ajit Pawar College has threatened to issue leaving certificates (LC) with a detained remark on them.

The college had allegedly tied up with a private coaching institute to offer integrated courses for NEET and JEE preparations and students were marked present even if they attended the tuitions and not the college. But the institute complained against the college saying it holds exams outside college premises. When investigated, the police found both college principal Prashant Gaikwad, 29,and the owner of the coaching institute at fault and arrested them.

The students were shocked when they came to know that the college had shut down. “We are on summer break and couldn’t believe the news that the college has been derecognised,” said a parent whose daughter was studying in one of the courses offered by the college and institute together. “We had taken admissions through the online process, we were unaware that the college didn’t report the admissions to the education department.”

On Tuesday, students and parents gathered outside Charkop police station to complain against the school for refusing to sign the FYJC mark sheets of 75 students, who were enrolled in one of the integrated courses that cost up to Rs1.2 lakh, after the principal and the institute had a fallout. “At this point, any college will do, as long as we get to continue class 12,” said one of the students, preparing for NEET.

BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region, said there are vacancies in colleges in Borivli. “We will wait for two to three days as the police complete their investigation, and then shift students to the colleges we have identified,” said Chavan.

But students are worried as they their documents are with the college. “We do not know what happened between the institute owner and the college, but after the exams, the tutorial staff told us to leave the college, which we were willing to do,” said one of the students, who is a NEET aspirant. But when they approached the college for LC, they were told that they do not have sufficient attendance to be promoted to the next class. The college also allegedly threatened to fail them if they don’t take admission for class 12. “They were marking attendance and signing mark sheets only of those students who paid next year’s fees,” said the student.

First Published: May 24, 2017 00:13 IST