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Many colleges provide ‘illegal’ admissions: RTI

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 11:27am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Parents of a SP College student write to edu dept complaining of CAP irregularities

Pune: Parent of one of the 70-odd standard XI commerce students from SP College whose admissions were recently cancelled by the state education department have written to the same, stating that irregularities in the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) is responsible for their predicament. Shubham Bafna was one of the students whose admission was termed illegal after a backdoor admission racket came to the fore. 

His mother Vaishali Dipak Bafna wants to prove her son as a deserving candidate and filed an RTI information seeking information of cut-offs from five different colleges in the city. 

In her letter to the education department, she claimed that the RTI information revealed that the colleges had given many admissions below the cut-off percentages which reveals that many deserving students did not get admissions in these colleges.

As per the information sought, colleges like Modern, Garware, Wadia, Symbiosis and MMCC had given admissions to students below the cut off percentages, 

Demanding a probe in the matter, Vaishali said that many students like her son were forced to resort to backdoor admissions in such scenarios. His father said that in July 2013, his son got the admission in VIT College through CAP. 

However, since the college was far from home, they had requested the deputy director to change his college. They notified CAP officials that instead of his son, the admission was given in the name of his wife and also requested to rectify the mistake. 

He alleged that the officials told them to take the admission wherever they want.

“As per the instructions, we approached many colleges and SP College had assured us of admission. However, later the admissions of the SP College were declared illegal and deputy director office then decided to accommodate 70 students in other colleges,” he said.

He added that the deputy director office again denied the admission without citing any reason. “Because of the apathetic approach by the officials, my son has lost one year,” he said. Bafnas then decided to take on the colleges and filed RTI applications to the six prominent colleges out of which they have received reply from five colleges. “This is just the tip of the iceberg as we have a strong suspicion that similar malpractices are in being conducted in otehr colleges too,” he said.

Commissioner of the education, S Choklingam said that they have received the complaint application and it has been forwarded to the concerned authorities for inquiry. Principal of the Modern College Rajendra Zunjarrao refused to comment. 

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