CHAOS reigned supreme at Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College since Monday following alleged pressure from the state education department to give admission to 80 students to Class XI despite the fact that the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for junior colleges got over more than two months ago.
Several students and their parents,backed by youth workers of different political parties,created a ruckus at the college demanding admissions as per government directive on Tuesday.
Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar,who was approached by a section of local youth political leaders to press for the demand of allowing more seats,is believed to be instrumental behind the governments decision pertaining to additional admissions at SP College.
The office of the deputy director of education (Pune region) that governs the CAP and junior college admissions,however,has denied receiving any letter from the education department and strongly objected to more admissions. Deputy Director,Education,Suman Shinde said she had,in fact,received a letter from the college management on October 5,requesting to not take any cognisance of departments order to accommodate 80 students.
Speaking to Newsline,principal Dilip Sheth said: A few days ago,I,accompanied by some youth organisation leaders,had approached secretariat-level officials at the education department to discuss the issue. They allowed us to effect admissions of the 80 students concerned in keeping with rules and regulations that allow 10 per cent additional admissions after the CAP, Sheth said.
Asked about the October 5 letter,Sheth said though the management was initially against the excess 10 per cent admissions,it was later forced to think otherwise in view of the growing demand from parents and some youth organisations.
The SP College has an intake capacity of around 1,400 students. The college had not responded to the government proposal that allowed extra 10 per cent admissions in the wake of opposition from the teaching community apprehensive of the additional burden.
Shinde also objected to the SP Colleges move to approach the education department directly for undertaking desired admissions bypassing her office. If admissions take place at all,it will set a very bad precedent. Any college will approach the government independently to undertake admissions after CAP is over. If SP College was under any pressure from youth organisations,it should have sent those organisations to us rather than succumbing to their demands, she said.
While the admission process for the 80 students was on till Tuesday evening,Shinde said the fate of these students could be uncertain.
Meanwhile,youth organisations have threatened to launch an agitation if the deputy directors office failed to recognise the 80 admissions.