Court ruling ensures collegian doesn’t lose academic year
The admission of a student who was granted and then denied admission under the reserved category to a Borivli college, has been regularised so that she does not lose out on an academic year.
A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Amjad Sayed regularised the admission of Akshada Kirkise, a resident of Kandivli to the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) course in Gokhale Education Society’s Shri Bhausaheb Vartak Arts, Commerce and Science College in Borivli.
The court observed it was a matter of a student’s academic career. Kirkise had cleared her higher secondary examination in March 2009 with 44.5% and secured admission in the commerce stream. She was granted admission in the BCom (Banking and Insurance) course.
Her advocate VP Vaidya argued that she applied in the reserved category seat of the college and was granted the same because she was the daughter of an ex-serviceman.
“The college prospectus stated that a candidate who secures 40% marks is eligible for admission in the reserved category. She has been granted admission in the category reserved for the wards of ex-servicemen,” states her petition.
However, on June 30, 2010, the university held that she was not eligible for admission to the course and asked the college to cancel her admission. Accordingly, the college informed her on July 23, 2010, that her admission stood cancelled. She approached the Student Grievance Redressal Committee, constituted by the management council, against the decision.
Vaidya argued that the committee found that cancellation of her admission was illegal and malafide.
The committee directed the deputy registrar, Enrolment, to reconsider its decision. In August 2010, the committee informed her that she could continue her classes following which she attended classes for SYBCom.
She even cleared the first semester of the second year. However, the University reiterated that her admission stood cancelled, said Rui Rodrigues, counsel for the university.