Expelled NMIMS students get no relief

Bombay High Court (HC) denied relief Sunday to 14 of 43 second-year students expelled by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Vile Parle, for allegedly securing admission through unfair means.

The 14 students had petitioned HC to allow them to take a trimester exam starting Monday.

However, justices S J Vazifdar and M S Sonak said the students cannot appear for the exam until a final decision favouring them was made.

The students said they took admission to a two-year MBA course at NMIMS in 2012 with the help of career counselling agency Career Guardian. The agency allegedly told them they need not take NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) and would get admission under management quota on profile scores.

After submitting profiles, including marksheets and certificates, they were called for group discussions, personal interviews and shortlisted for admission.

The students claimed they were attending regular lectures and also took six exams in the first year.

On June 24, the college asked them to report to the admission department. On July 8, they received notices asking to show cause why their admissions should not be cancelled.

"The students replied that they never appeared for NMAT and got admission through the career agency. Initially, the judges were of the opinion that the students be allowed to appear for the exam but their results and marksheets be sealed till a final order is passed," said senior counsel V A Thorat, appearing for NMIMS.

"However their admission has been cancelled and we cannot allow them to appear for the exam. We told the court if the students win the case, we will conduct a re-exam."

Around 87 candidates allegedly used dummy candidates in NMAT, a national-level exam held in March, and secured admissions. An investigation revealed students from previous years also got into the institute using unfair means. Admissions of around 150 candidates were cancelled in May.

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