VC admits folly, writes to chancellor for a way-out
SRINAGAR: The administration of the Engineering College of Kashmir University has cancelled the admission of eight students after they formally began attending classes following their admission and payment of dues.
The stunned students told Kashmir Reader that the cancellation of their admission was arbitrary as they were selected purely on the basis of merit during the counseling sessions held at the college.
“We have apprehensions that the college administration might fill the vacant seats by backdoor entry as there seems no logical reason for cancelling admissions when the same administration selected them (students) by following the official procedure,” a parent of one of the ousted students said.
He said that by cancelling admissions, college authorities are playing with the careers of these students. “The students have to wait for at least one year if they wish to seek admission in some other college here or outside the state because most of the colleges have closed their admission procedures,” he said.
On January 4, college administration uploaded a selection list of those who attended counseling session on the basis of Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) score to fill the vacant seats. The selected students were asked to complete admission formalities by February 7.
“We completed the admission formalities and deposited our fee as well. After that we attended two class work days on January, 17 and 18. And it was 30th January that I came to know that admission of eight students including mine has been cancelled as those who missed counseling sessions and have higher JEE score than me have been selected for the course,” said a dismissed student.
Rouf-ul-Aalam, assistant professor and convener admission committee at the college told Kashmir Reader that the students who fail to attend two counseling sessions held on January 4 and 13 complained that they didn’t come across college notice and they deserve admissions for having higher merit.
“Later, we received directions from higher authorities to revisit the admissions that forced us to cancel admissions of students who attended the counseling sessions and admit the left out ones with higher merit,” he said.
The college later uploaded a subsequent notification that came as a thunderbolt to the selected students. The notification referred to a committee constituted to look into the merit of students who attended counseling on January 4 and 13, calls for cancellation of eight previously selected students and recommended admission of students who missed the counseling sessions held on above dates at the college.
After university’s approach on the issue, the aggrieved students approached the court and stayed the admission process. “The matter is now sub judice,” an official at the college said.
Dean Engineering College, Zakura campus, Prof Arif Wani refused to comment on the issue saying they have put the information on the official website.
“Check (the university) website for details,” he said and parried all queries by this reporter on the issue.
“I am not accountable to anyone except my higher authorities. You write whatever you want to I have no details,” he said.
Vice-chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, however, conceded the mistake of first selecting low-merit students and later summarily rejecting their admission.
“We can’t deny admission to the deserving candidates. But at the same time we are trying our best to satisfy both the parties by looking for suitable solution. I have also written to chancellor (Governor N Vohra) about the issue,” Andrabi told Kashmir Reader. “We would do whatever possible could be done for the benefit of the students,” he said.