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Pune University removes DSK chapter from syllabus

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Pune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has removed a chapter on city-based real estate developer DS Kulkarni, an accused in a multi-crore cheating case, from the commerce curriculum for under-graduate course. The chapter on Kulkarni titled “Leader in Real Estate Business” was part of “Yashogatha”, a textbook written by Dr PC Shejwalkar for Marathi subject for the first year B.Com course, a senior varsity official said on Monday night.

Kulkarni and his kin including wife Hemanti, son Shirish and daughter-in-law, besides senior officials of the DSKDL Group, are in jail in connection with the cheating case. In view of the present cheating case, some political parties and organisations had approached the varsity to exclude the chapter from the curriculum.

“A review committee was set up and as per its report, the varsity has decided to exclude the chapter on Kulkarni from its curriculum of first year B.Com. The chapter will not be taught to the students from this academic year (2018-19),” the SPPU official said. Similarly, a chapter on Kulkarni in third year B.Com’s Business Entrepreneurship special paper has also been removed from this academic year, he said. Both the chapters described the journey of Kulkarni who started his business in a difficult condition and went on to become one of the successful real estate businessmen in the city.