The standoff between the state HSC Board and SP Junior College management remained unchanged yesterday, a day after the index number of SP College was cancelled.
Both parties are firm on the their stand, passing the buck amongst each other without concern for the fate of the 800 students who will not be allowed to sit for the upcoming board exams scheduled for February, since the cancellation of the index number means the board does not recognise the college anymore.
Irked with the stringent action, various student organisations, including Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, protested at the divisional board’s office yesterday against their decision of not accepting HSC exam forms of SP College students.
Meanwhile, officials of Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, which runs the college, however, said that the affected students would not suffer, as they have approached the high court opposing the decision taken by the divisional board. Officials said the writ petition would be filed today.
“We have approached the Bombay High Court yesterday and in the process of filing a writ petition against the divisional board. We will also appeal against the strong action at the state board’s head office. We will make sure HSC students will not suffer unnecessarily,” said Anant Mate, vice-president, Shikshan Prasarak Mandali.
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on Wednesday cancelled the affiliation of the college over its failure to take action, as directed, against a student from last year’s batch. The student from S P College was found guilty of forging his marksheet by the board and the High Court. The board officials said that they had repeatedly told the college to file an FIR, to which the college administration paid no attention.
“The college left us with no option, but to initiate stringent action against them. They have clearly violated the norms set by state board and hence faced the action of getting derecognised,” said Sunil Chauhan, chairperson of divisional board.
“The college should immediately lodge the FIR in the fake marklist case, which we have been asking them to do since the past six months. That’s the only option by which we can take back the action,” Chauhan said.
He added that if the college wants they can appeal in state board’s head office against our decision. “It is not like it’s a spur of the moment decision that we have taken. We have sent the college 20 notices and even given them a final ultimatum,” said Pushpalata Pawar, Secretary of divisional board.
Meanwhile, Mate said that college has no role in the fake marklist case and hence college can’t file the police complaint. “It is true that the board has sent us several reminders to file a police complaint in fake marklist case. But how can the college lodge a complaint, when the board is the concerned authority to issue marklists. The college’s role is limited to that of a mediator wherein it only hands over the marksheet to its students,” Mate said. When told that since the student belongs to SP College and hence the ultimate responsibility of filing a police complaint lies with them, Mate said, “When the state board issued a Std XII marksheet, it’s their property. They can’t ask the college to lodge a complaint.”
Students in the lurch
Surprisingly even after the shocking development, which has created panic among students on the campus, Shikshan Prasarak Mandali has not given any directions to the college authorities to communicate with students regarding the situation and probable solutions. “We got a rude shock after reading about the controversy in today’s newspapers. Right now our only concern is the online submission of board forms, as the board has set a deadline for December 6. Hopefully, the college will find a solution soon,” said an HSC student of SP College.