Starting September 10, Mumbai witnessed a protest by the law students seeking admissions to the three-year law course. Monday (September 10) was also consequently the last date for the students to submit their applications online. Approximately 60 students protested outside the Common Entrance Test (CET) cell after the knowledge of the admission processes being kept on hold reached them.
According to the administration, the admission procedure was postponed due to certain errors which were identified in the online applications submitted by the students. Such errors came to notice only after the announcement of the merit list and the document verification had begun, following which further admissions were stalled. However, this affected the admissions of the students whose names were on the merit list as well and not just the defaulters, which further infuriated the student body at large.
The entire problem supposedly started with some students entering wrong marks acquired by them on the application forms. The commissioner of the CET cell of Maharashtra, AE Rayate told Jagran Josh, “The university follows a credit-based grading system. So, candidates seem to have miscalculated their marks while applying. It is a mistake on the part of the candidates.” What resulted in such misinterpretations on the part of the students were that many of them had entered only the grades of only their final year and not an aggregate grade overall. Most of the protesting students disagree with such claims being made. They have instead mentioned that no such clarifications regarding grades were made on the CET website and therefore, the onus should fall upon the authority and not the students. “Many of us have scored high marks but were denied admission to a college because the merit list is flawed,” mentioned an applicant to the Government Law College, Churchgate.
No further notices have been released by the CET cell so far.