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University disallows student from pursuing dual-degree

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
By Parth Khatau

Despite a circular stating and officials conceding that pursuing dual degrees is allowed by MU, the student was told a blank 'No'

A Mumbai University student has allegedly been told that he shall not be allowed to pursue a dual degree from the varsity, even though an official circular (a copy of which is with Afternoon D&C) states otherwise. Senior officials of the University agree to the same as well.

The student, Suraj Kamdar approached Afternoon D&C stating the issues he is facing from the University. "I read the circular in 2016 and thought of pursuing a dual degree, I am currently pursuing BA (Bachelor of Arts) in sociology from K.C. College, Churchgate and I'm in my final year. I wanted to study BA in economics from the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL). I am eligible for doing BA in economics as I studied the subject in my first and second year of undergratuation," Suraj said.

Adding on what he needs to do, Suraj said, "All I have to do is appear for TYBA (Third Year BA) sociology exams and TYBA economics exams. These are not considered as two different degrees but two different courses."

Speaking about the circular, he said, "The circular clearly mentions that I can pursue two different degree/course/certificate/etc simultaneously with the permission in the form of NOC (Non-objection certificate) from my college principal, which I have submitted. I have paid the fees for IDOL TYBA economics. I wanted to make sure that my admission has been approved so I made a trip to Kalina. The person there told me it shall not be possible without even considering what I am seeking."

Suraj also spoke to a senior University official who told him that the he cannot pursue the same degree and that the he will be allowed if the degrees are different, i.e. for instance BA and BCom. "I was told to cancel my admission. I then hunted out the Eligibility Department to inquire why I am not eligible. The woman who heads that department read the whole circular and conceded that I should be eligible," he says, adding that he has been running from pillar to post for this since the past three weeks.

When contacted, Vinod Malale, Public Relations Officer, Mumbai University said, "We have had more than 100 admissions for students who wish to pursue dual courses and there is no problem there whatsoever." Speaking about this case, Malale added, "The student can come and speak to me and I shall sort out his issue."

The circular clearly mentions that I can pursue two different degree/course/certificate/etc simultaneously with the permission in the form of NOC (Non-objection certificate) from my college principal, which I have submitted. I have paid the fees for IDOL TYBA economics. I wanted to make sure that my admission has been approved so I made a trip to Kalina. The person there told me it shall not be possible without even considering what I am seeking.
— Suraj Kamdar, Student

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