No Non-Creamy Layer Certificate, No Admission to Class XI: Students and Parents Left in a Dilemma

Pune, 23rd June 2023: Frustration and disappointment filled the air as the admission authority at Fergusson College rejected the admission forms of numerous students seeking admission to Class XI due to the non-submission of the non-creamy layer certificate. This decision has left students and parents in a lurch, with the last date of admission approaching quickly.

Following the declaration of the SSC results by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education on June 2, the admission process for Class XI commenced across the state. The first list of the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) was published on June 21, creating a wave of anticipation among students and parents.

However, when the students and parents arrived at Fergusson College for the admission process, they were informed that a set of documents, including the non-creamy layer certificate, needed to be submitted. Despite many parents from the OBC category having applied for the certificate and showing Maha e-Seva Kendra receipts as proof, the college authorities remained steadfast in their stance of not accepting admission without the original certificates.

This unexpected turn of events has left eligible students and their parents in despair as they return home without securing admission.

The CAP officials and college administration have clarified that admission cannot be granted without the submission of original certificates.

One parent, speaking on the condition of anonymity, shared their experience, stating, “When we reached Fergusson College for admission, we were instructed to attach a non-creamy layer certificate along with other documents. Many parents from the OBC category have applied for the certificate, so we inquired if we could attach the Maha e-Seva Kendra receipt as a temporary solution. Initially, they allowed it, but after an hour, an admission official informed us that candidates without original certificates would not be admitted.”

The parents requested provisional admission, but their pleas were rejected, leaving them feeling helpless. The situation is further complicated by the fact that obtaining a non-creamy layer certificate within the given deadline seems impossible.

Kumar Thakhare, a representative of the parents, expressed their concerns and appealed to the CAP authority, saying, “Provisional admission can be granted with a written undertaking from the student. Despite parents showing the Maha e-Seva Kendra receipt, the college administration denied this option. The deadline for admission is June 24, and obtaining a non-creamy layer certificate within such a short time is unrealistic. We urge the CAP authority to consider the students’ future and allow admissions under these circumstances.”

In response, Dr. Prakash Pawar, the Vice-Principal of Fergusson College, clarified, “As per the state government’s directions, every student must submit the original caste certificate, caste validity, and non-creamy layer certificate during the admission process. We are following all the rules and regulations in the admission process. We appeal to parents and students to submit all the required documents at the time of admission.”

Meena Shendkar, the Secretary of the Centralised Admission Process for Class XI, reiterated the importance of adhering to the guidelines and stated, “If a student claims a reserved seat, it is mandatory to produce all essential documents and certificates. All college administrations follow the rules as per the CAP guidelines. We conducted awareness sessions for parents and students before the online form filling process. We urge everyone to comply with the guidelines and cooperate with the college administration.”

The current situation has left students and parents anxiously waiting for a resolution, hoping for a reconsideration of the admission process to accommodate their genuine concerns and constraints.

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