June 6, 1997
DAV students at Bhandup, affected by arbitrary ATKT results, protesting against their principal.
MUMBAI, June 5: The principal of a college in Bhandup is accused of tampering with the examination forms of eight SYBCom students, who were allowed to keep term last year, and unduly promoting them for the TYBCom final exams this April. She denies the charges and says she is being framed by the management.
Reeta Sehgal, the principal of the Ramanand Arya DAV College of Science and Commerce, is said to have favoured these students although they had not attended a single third-year lecture in 1996-97 while over 200 others who cleared their ATKT exams in October 1996 have not been promoted.
After getting their results, the eight students had filled in the TY examination forms on November 29 last year. Sehgal, in her own hand, allegedly changed the date in their forms to October 29. Then she forced the college clerks to submit them to the University of Mumbai.
A section of students accused Sehgal of this act in a letter to the vice-chancellor on May 31. Raj Pal Kapoor, the honorary secretary of the Uttar Bharati Sabha, which runs the college, told Express Newsline today, "After receiving a complaint on May 31, we immediately appointed a fact-finding committee with myself as its convenor. We are going to submit out report to the university. This is a serious issue as a principal has tampered with documents."
Apparently, three clerks of the college have stated in writing to the committee that Sehgal had forced them to forward the eight students’ examination forms to the university.
The principal vehemently protests her innocence and calls the entire episode a conspiracy by the management. "These are all lies," Sehgal asserted, "the Uttar Bharat Sabha has manipulated the forms because I have gone to court against them on some other issue. How can you prove that the tampering is in my own handwriting?"
With students led by National Students’ Union of India leaders Sanjay patil and Sameer Desai continuing to agitate since yesterday against what they called murky happenings in the DAV College, pro vice-chancellor of the university Naresh Chandra said that another committee led by A P D’Souza, the dean of the faculty of commerce, has been set up to investigate the controversy.
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