HC relief for 5 Rao colleges struck off Edu Dept’s approved list

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Times of India, Mumbai 21st August 2020
MUMBAI: In a relief to five colleges run by Rao Educational Trust, Bombay high court has directed that junior college students in class XI online admission process for 2020-21 are entitled to opt for admission to these colleges.
The order passed on August 18 was in a petition filed by the Trust, challenging the validity of a June 24 order by the school education department to revoke recognition to the institutes for failing to maintain proper infrastructure.
In June this year, five branches of Rao Junior College of Science were among eight institutions which were rejected for recognition from the education department. The education department asked its officials to accommodate students from the college at nearby institutions. The colleges also did not feature in the on-going FYJC centralised admission process.
The HC bench of Justices K K Tated and Milind Jadhav held that the de-recognition order violated mandatory requirement of giving the colleges a reasonable opportunity to be heard, and set it aside for the colleges run by the trust. The HC accepted college counsel SC Naidu’s submission that before withdrawing permission, state must give management a hearing.

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