Nearly 240 final-year engineering students of Leelavati Awhad College of Technology, Management Studies and Research at Badlapur are on the verge of losing their crucial academic year.The Mumbai University’s examination department has withheld their results, citing that their admissions were not approved by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE).
According to university norms, every admission to management and technical courses needs to be approved by the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS) – an admission regulatory body of the DTE. However, in the past four years, since its inception, the college has failed to get approval to admission of even one of the total 1,200 students.
While the college authorities have sought time from the university, the Controller of Examination (CoE) of MU is firm on the decision to release the results only after the admission of students are approved by the PNS. “We have to follow the rules. Not a single student’s admission has been approved by the DTE and hence we cannot release their results. Once the admissions of these students are approved, we will immediately release their results,” said Padma V Deshmukh, CoE of MU.
According to DTE officials, the college was reminded several times in the past two years to apply for approval, however, officials alleged that they never responded to the reminders. “The rule is that once the PNS approves the admission, it is registered with the university. However, the admission forms of students, who appeared for the final-year engineering exams conducted by Mumbai University, were not registered and hence their results have been withheld,” said G B Dhanokar, Deputy Director of DTE, Mumbai.
Experts alleged that even the university was at fault for not keeping a check on the working of the institute and thus giving scope to such malpractices.
“As per norms, Mumbai University should send its local inquiry committee (LIC) every year to check on the admission process and if institutes were abiding by the rules. However, in the past four years, the LIC did not visit the college even once. Now, what is the point in holding back their results. Why should students bear the brunt?” said Subhash Athavale of Mumbai University College Teachers’ Association.
The college is named after the mother of Jitendra Awhad, working president of Nationalist Congress Party, Maharashtra unit.