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MU delayed result, can't cancel CS admission: HC

PUBLISH DATE 18th October 2017

The Bombay high court has directed the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to admit a candidate who could not submit his marksheet in time as there was an inordinate delay in declaration of results by the University of Mumbai this year.

The bench headed by Justice Bhushan Gavai took note of the fact that the shift to online assessment of exam answersheets this year had turned out to be a fiasco -result deadlines for multiple courses went haywire as the process was riddled with logistical issues and systemic errors.

The court said while there was no doubt that ICSI was justified in cancelling Dipesh Dhankani's admission over his failure to submit his marksheet within six months of gaining original admission, “at the same time, we cannot lose sight of the ground realities“. After appearing for the Bachelor in Mass Media examinations, Dhan kani applied for the company se cretary course. ICSI rules permit provisional admission to be taken if a candidate has appeared for graduation examination but the results are not declared. The marksheet has to be submitted within six months of the date of original admission.

As Dhankani was supposed to furnish his marksheet by August 24 but did not do so, he received a text message informing him that his registration request stood cancelled.He moved the high court.

In their order, the judges referred to the “mess“ created by the university in resorting to the online process of assessment of answersheets without making necessary arrangements for the same.

They said that almost every day they heard petitions related to the issue and were required to pass orders directing the university to extend the last date of admission for various courses as the results of the students' previous courses had not been declared.

The bench noted that in Dhankani's case his result was declared on August 27.“As such, it was beyond the control of the petitioner to have submitted his marksheet prior to August 24,“ the bench said. The judges took note of the email sent by the ICSI vice-president to extend the final date for University of Mumbai students because of non-declaration of results.

Taking note of the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case, the judges allowed Dhankani's plea. “If we accept the technical approach of the ICSI and deny relief to the petitioner, we find that we will be playing with the career of the meritorious student, who is not at fault,“ the bench said.

Online assessment here to stay, asserts Fadnavis

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Tuesday that from now on the assessment of examination papers would be done using only the online system and that it was curtains for the manual system. Acknowledging the mess caused by the introduction of the online system this year and the delay in examination results, Fadnavis said: “That was not a good thing. But we could understand the failure of this module. So we learnt a lot from the mess and could understand how the manual system was working inappropriately, who was checking the papers and how many approvers were there.“ TNN