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Problem of plenty for SP College, empty seats at adjacent institutes

Dogged by controversies, Sir Parshurambhau (SP) College continues to be flocked by prospective students, many willing to obtain admission at any cost, literally.


Wrong school of thought! Various student unions are claiming that since many of these youngsters reside closer to SP College, that’s why they are waiting for securing admission there. File Pic

At the other end of the spectrum is Shivaji Maratha Junior (SMJ) College in Shukrawar Peth – just a kilometre away –, which has several seats lying vacant. The institute has now come forward, offering to accommodate youngsters, who’ve been waiting for the last three months for admission in Std XI at SP College.

Yesterday, SMJ College supervisor Manoj Hol met assistant director (education) Balasaheb Owhal and stated that if SP College was unable to enrol the 80 students – who were allegedly illegally admitted by former principal Dr Dilip Sheth –, his college was willing to take them.

“Various student unions are claiming that since many of these youngsters reside closer to SP College, that’s why they are waiting for securing admission there. However, the statement makes little sense, and here SMJ College has come forward, as it has not been able to find takers for all its seats in class XI this year,” Owhal told MiD DAY.

When contacted, Hol said, “In Science faculty, where the college has capacity of admitting 80 students, only 49 have enrolled this year. If youngsters desiring admission at SP College are willing to come to us to save their academic year, we can accommodate around 30 students.”

He added that Owhal told him to send a written proposal and assured him that he would send over any aspirants who approached his office for class XI admissions.

Shivaji Maratha Junior College’s cut-off for Science stream during the class XI Centralised Admission Procedure (CAP) was 69 per cent. On the other hand SP College closed at 90 per cent for Science stream.

No compromise on merit: Ajit Pawar
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has slammed all political students wings on the SP College admission issue while maintaining that all admissions should be done according to merit.

Deputy director of education Suman Shinde, who was present at the meeting held yesterday morning between Pawar, students unions, and parents, said, “The deputy CM has not entertained any of the claims made by students unions and clarified that he was sympathetic towards the parents.

However, very few parents were present for the meeting. After listening to the ground realities he told me that my office was heading in the right direction and not a single admission should be done by diluting merit.” 

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