As many as 25 BSc Nursing students from Kerala lost two years and were forced to join a new course as freshers, as the Tehmi Grant Institute of Nursing Education in Pune had admitted them allegedly without revealing that they were required to write the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MCET).
The students had sought admission at the college in 2016 June. The authorities admitted the students after allegedly misguiding them that they didn’t need to clear MCET since they had cleared the All India Common Entrance Test. Among the 40 students in the batch who got admission to the four-year course, only 15 students had cleared MCET, of which eight were Malayalis.
“The eight Malayali students who had attended and cleared MCET had the guidance of their friends or relatives who were in Pune. We and our parents were misguided,” Riya Sabu, one of the students told TNM.
The students came to know about the fraudulence in August 2017 when their first year exam results were delayed. Though the University of Health Sciences, Maharashtra published the results on time, the marks for the 25 students were not announced.
“Still the college authorities kept on lying, saying our results were delayed due to some technical error. Only in September were we told that the college had approached the court and that the issue was before the court. In November, the High Court rejected the college’s plea to make our admissions valid, which was approved by the Supreme Court. The college authorities then told us that they would get us admission in any of the deemed universities where MCET is not applicable and would bear the entire expenses. They informed the same to our parents as well,” Riya said.
Among the 25 students, three returned to Kerala while 22 chose to stay in Pune. The college authorities kept the students and parents waiting for months and finally backed out of their promise.
“In July this year our parents managed to find us admission. We, the 22 students, have been admitted in three different deemed universities,” Riya further said.
The students had paid Rs 12,000 as fees for one year, of which the college has refunded Rs 8,0000 (tution fee), as the rest was deducted as accommodation and food charges.
“Earlier the college authorities had promised to get admission for us, later they said they would bear the expenses, now that they have backed out from all their promises. What we need is justice. The Commissioner of Pune, based on our complaint, has called for a mediation talk on Tuesday. If they don’t agree to bear our expenses we will approach the court. We should have been in our third year college, but we are in the first year only,” she lamented.
Riya said the college had allegedly done the same to students of the 2012 batch too.
“That time the protest by the students had shaken the entire state and the rule was amended for them. It was too late when we came to know that we were cheated. Initially the college authorities used to tell us that the problem was that of the government or the university. When we tried to attend MCET in 2017, the domicile certificate requirement rule stood in our way. The college authorities misguided even the university by fabricating documents to show that ours was spot admission, when in fact the admission was already over,” claimed Riya.