Mumbai : Students from other states applying for FYJC (First Year Junior College) admissions are alleging harassment by Elphinstone College. These students have been asked to furnish a letter from the deputy director of education of Mumbai despite producing authenticated copies of their online marksheets.
Some schools in states like Assam are yet to get the original marksheets from CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and students despite being selected in the first list are forced to give up their admissions. Sanket Majumder, a student from Assam, made it to the first merit list for arts at Elphinstone College in the open category. However, the college told him to get a letter from the deputy director of education because he did not have his original marksheet. When the student returned with a signed application from the deputy director the college still refused to accept the admission stating that the signature was not authentic.
The students studying in different boards outside Maharashtra receive their original marksheets only by the end of August. Currently they possess a hard copy of the online marksheet. Majumder’s brother said, “My brother scored 82% and we have completed the admission process in the authentic way. This college which is known for its long history harassed us for no reason even though we returned with the signed application letter.” The other junior colleges said that these students should not be harassed and the colleges should give them some time. SK Rathod, education officer, said, “The college should not directly deny the admission but give the students some time to get the documents. Original documents are necessary at the time of admission but it is wrong to deny admissions in this way. If not the marksheet the college should consider the leaving certificate.”
Swapna Durve, Vice-Principal of Mithibai College, said, “There is no need to make students run from pillar to post to get these documents. The college can give them 10 to 15 days to get an authenticated copy attested from the principal of their school. They can be given some time to even produce their original documents. These students are from other states so they are not aware of the process therefore the college and the principal should be a little considerate.” The authorities of Elphinstone College refused to give time, consider the admission or even explain the process to the students from other states. Madhuri Kagalkar, principal of the college, said, “We are following the rules of the state government for the admission process. I do not want to comment further.” While professor Dable who denied admission to Majumder said, “We do not give admissions without the original marksheets. I do not know anything else.”
These students can also be given admissions on provisional basis if they get signed transfer certificates from the education officer of the district where the students completed Class 10, shift their grades to marks and verify their documents from the school head. “It is disheartening to see such reputed colleges harassing students who are new to this state. I am going to change the preference of colleges and wait for the second merit list,” Majumder’s brother said.