Stay On Order Transferring Out Students
In interim relief for Borivli's Namdar Ajit Pawar Junior College, the Bombay high court has asked the education department to include the institute as a recognized college in the ongoing first-year junior college (FYJC) admission process. The HC has also stayed the department's order that transferred the college's students to other institutes following its de-recognition.
The office of the deputy director of school education, Mumbai, on May 22, issued a de-recognition show-cause notice to the junior college after it found that 450 students studying in Class XI were admitted offline. According to the education department, the college had an intake capacity of only 120. On June 2, an order was issued informing nearby colleges about the de-recognition and requesting them to accommodate the Namdar students.
S C Naidu, counsel for the college, said that admissions were done in accordance with the 11rounds conducted online by the competent authority based on merit list. On the point of excess admissions, Naidu said the college could not have refused even a single admission allotted online pointing to a go vernment resolution.
On June 28, a bench of Justices B R Gavai and Riyaz Chagla observed that the documents placed before them “would reveal that the authority has found that the functioning of the institute is proper and has also recommended to increase the sections“. Holding that the government action was “not sustainable“, the court has stayed the department's order issued on June 2 and ordered to enlist the institute as a recognized college for the purpose of FYJC online admissions for 2017-18.
Education department officials said they would consult the state. “We will forward the order to the state and decide on what to do next. We have done everything by the book. The college did not upload any admissions on the portal which makes them invalid,“ said BB Chavan, deputy director of school education, Mumbai.