Indore: Much to the jubilation of 513 students of first year, who had taken admission in Indore Christian College, the Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court has directed the Department of Higher Education ( DHE) to consider the college as ‘ minority’ institute and its students as regular students.
A double bench of the court rejected a plea filed by the DHE in which it had claimed that the students were admitted wrongly and that the college’s request of taking them as regular students should not be entertained. In dispute with the DHE over minority status, the college had admitted students on its own despite the fact that centralised online counseling was conducted this year.
When the examination season neared, the students of the college tried to fill examination forms online but they could not do so. For filling the forms online, unique IDs and passwords allotted by the DHE were required.Taking itself as ‘ minority’ institute, Christian College had not participated in the centralised online counseling so its students did not have IDs and passwords.
When the college authorities approached the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya ( DAVV) over the matter, the university denied conducting exam for its first year students saying ID and passwords by the DHE were a must.The DHE was then approached but it denied allocating ID and password saying that it did not participate in the centralised online counseling.
To this, the college moved the High Court on November 26 and sought relief for its students. The college informed the court that minority institutes were exempted from online admission counseling and that it was minority institute.To supplement its claim, the college cited an order by the court on August 26 wherein it was considered as minority institute and was directed to obtain certificate from the Minority Commission based on the order.
The August 26 ruling was given in another case related to the dispute between the college and the DHE in appointment of an officer Madhubala Jain.The court sought the minority status certificate, if it had obtained from the Minority Commission, from the college.The college on Thursday presented the certificate dated December 16.
Meanwhile, the DHE filed a plea in the court stating that the students were wrongly admitted by the college and urging the court that the college’s request of taking them as regular students should not be entertained.In its plea, the DHE informed the court that when the admission counseling was held the college did not have minority institute status that’s why its name was included in the list of general colleges and nearly 500 students were allocated to it.
“ But the college did not confirm their admissions till July 24 which was the last day for the same hence it was understood that it had not admitted them. Now, when the exam season has arrived the college is saying that it has 513 students.
These students were admitted illegal and can’t be considered as regular admission.” After hearing both the parties, the court observed that Christian College is a ‘ minority’ college and if did not have any renewal certificate to support its status does not is expired.
“ The court directed the DHE to consider the college as minority college and its students as regular students,” advocate Anurag Bejal who argued the case on behalf of Christian College said.
College principal Amit David said that he was happy for the students who were facing bleak future due to the adamant attitude of the DHE. Indore division additional director ( higher education) Dr Narendra Dhakad said that the DHE would adhere to the directives of the court.513 students admitted in first year by the college now be able to write exams as regular students