A South-Mumbai college has been accused of denying an admission to a student with learning disability on the grounds that the student took Class 12 exam at National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) instead of a regular college. A Mumbai based NGO has made this accusation.
According to Child Reach, the NGO, the student, whose identity wasn’t revealed, and her parents were turned away by KC College in Churchgate although the student’s name was in the third merit list of BA.Hemlata Bagla, College principal claimed that no such incident has come to her knowledge but also said that college prefers regular students over those who appear privately for Class 12 examination.
Ashok Wadia, principal of Jai Hind College in Churchgate, said they also prefer regular students. “Many a times, students don’t have the necessary background for a course. They wouldn’t have studied some important subjects. In such cases, we counsel the students and make them understand that they may not be able to cope up with the degree course. The colleges have the discretion to decide whether to admit a student,” he said.
However, Parag Thakker, principal of HR College, also in Churchgate, said that it the decision is discriminatory. “If they make it to the merit list, we have to admit them,” he said.
An official from the University of Mumbai (MU) said it accepts students from all the boards, including NIOS, without any preference. “It’s wrong to deny admission to a student on the basis of their board. The aggrieved student must approach the university Student Grievance Redressal Cell to resolve the matter,” he said.