MUMBAI 37 BCom students fail - Practicals not held, 37 BCom students failThirty-seven final year commerce students from Chinai College are in a limbo as they have been declared failed because their practical exam was not conducted. These are the students who were debarred from the college in March, weeks before the final examination, for low attendance.
While the college contended that the students did not attend enough classes, students said they were being targeted as the management was not interested in running the institutes.
Following protests by student political organizations, the university intervened in the matter and admitted the students in the distance learning institute that runs on the Kalina campus. Subsequently, all the students were permitted to take the final year examinations as distance education candidates. "The college was never prepared to listen to us, they just wanted to shut the college," said one student.
"There is no way I could have failed the exam, but for the issue of practicals. The papers were easy and I'm sure I did well," said one of the students who failed.There has been a stand-off between the college management and students over several issues regarding the functioning of the college.
The state government had appointed a panel to look into these issues; the panel has submitted its suggestions. "We are just students, we were clueless about what we must do next?" asked another student. "At the moment we are thinking we will go to the university tomorrow and see what can be done. Otherwise a whole year will be wasted."
College principal Malini Johari said the college had debarred the students for lack of attendance. "But the university admitted them as their students and they should have conducted their practicals," she added. For now, students are just hoping that the university conducts their practical exams and declare fresh results.