Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 08:20:05 AM
Within a week of its impromptu decision to stop running Arts, Commerce, Science and Computer Science courses, Spicer Memorial College has now put up a notice welcoming the students, who were told to look for other options, to apply for the academic year 2012-13.
However, the notice carries a line ‘Students are welcome but at their own risk,’ which has further deepened the worries of about 600 students from the four streams. UoP has assured them that the row over examination centres will be sorted out.
This paper had reported on the ongoing tussle between the UoP and Spicer on June 22.
The college’s decision to abruptly shut courses were against the provisions of Section 92 of the Maharashtra University Act, 1994. According to the Act, the college has to phase out students and ensure that those already admitted are not affected before completely shutting down.
In a meeting convened on Monday, UoP warned the management of Spicer College of action if students are not admitted to second and third year courses with immediate effect.
Following the meeting, the college displayed a notice clarifying that ‘the college is prepared to phase out the existing students.’ But it disowned any liability in case the college is disaffiliated.
The notice states that it is facing difficulties while operating as an examination centre on Saturdays. It will receive affiliation only after the Local Enquiry Committee’s visit. In case it is not assigned as an examination centre then the UoP won’t accept exam forms from the college and the students will suffer, it stated.
A third year student of BCA said, "The notice has created confusion. The notice suggests that the courses may halt abruptly. It is has forced us to reconsider our decision to continue at Spicer."
Vishwas Gaikwad, director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD), said, “During the latest meeting with their management, Spicer College has agreed to follow the phase-out procedure. They have been asked to follow the rules of University Act.”
Gaikwad said that the reason being given by the college to shut the course is unacceptable. Dr Jusus Devadas was not available as he was out of town.
Prof R A Chavan, who is handling the charge of associate vice president for academic of UoP programme in Spicer College, said, “There’s nothing confusing in the notice. We have simply conveyed our difficulties to the students.”