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Student drags college to court over ‘false claims’

He lost 2 years of ‘academic career’ as college had lied about affiliation with deemed varsity.

mumbai Updated: Dec 12, 2010 01:52 IST
Urvi Mahajani
Urvi Mahajani
Hindustan Times

Alleging misrepresentation by a Goregaon college, a 21-year-old computer engineering student has moved the Bombay high court seeking compensation for losing two academic years.

Kamlesh Yadav filed the petition against Ryan College of Engineering and Management alleging that the college had misrepresented that it was in association with the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, a deemed university.

Denying the allegations, the college authorities claimed that Yadav himself had failed to fill registration forms for the computer engineering examinations on time.

“There are 300 students in the college. Then how is it that only he has this problem?” asked Rakesh Shetty, director of Ryan College of Engineering and Management. “Even last year, Yadav had failed to fill the form. But then as an exception case, we allowed him to appear for the examination.”

The division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice VM Kanade on Friday directed additional public prosecutor DP Adsule to file a reply by December 21.

“This is only one student who has come to us [court]. There may be many more students,” the bench said.

Shailesh Shukla, advocate for Yadav, argued: “My client has paid Rs 80,000 [for the course] and lost two years of his academic career as he would not be getting a diploma.”

In his petition, Yadav said, he took admission for the three-year full-time computer engineering course at Ryan College of Engineering and Management in 2008 because it was affiliated with the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.

For academic years 2008-09 and 2009-10, he appeared for examination based on temporary number issued by the college. Despite asking repeatedly when the college did not issue permanent number, he got suspicious and checked with the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, and was told that that no Ryan college was affiliated with it, said Shukla.

Yadav then sent letters to the police station concerned alleging misrepresentation, cheating and fraud by Ryan college. He also wrote letters to the deputy commissioner of police, joint commissioner of police and ministry of higher and technical education.

However, the police did not initiate an inquiry, he claimed.

Yadav has asked the court to direct the police to look into the matter and take necessary action.

Yadav, in his petition, said that in addition to the financial loss and mental harassment, he lost two years of his academic career, and has sought compensation for the same.

He has also sought that a case be registered against the college for deceiving and inducing him and other students into believing that it was affiliated with the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.

First Published: Dec 12, 2010 01:50 IST