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Students of Mithibai College Hold Protest

The students protested against the authorities with regards to the grading system, credits, paper patterns and biometrics entry-exit. The protest was called off after the principal intervened.

Students of Mithibai College Hold Protest
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Students from Mithibai College in Vile Parle held a protest on Monday, February 17. They protested against the authorities with regards to the grading system, credits, paper patterns and the biometrics for entry-exit. The protest was called off after the principal Dr. Rajpal Hande intervened. 

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On the condition of anonymity, a student from Mithibai college said, 

"We are not against anyone, we are not against the management but we are against the new grading system. We are in a single integrated 3-year course and they cannot change the grading system in the middle of our course. It's against the law and it is violating our rights as well. Last semester we were not informed that the grading system has been changed. We only realised it when we saw the results and then discussed it with the administration. The Student Council members gave a letter and also conducted a poll. The management authorities said that they will consider our request. Now that the upcoming semester exams are just 20 days away and still there hasn't been any concrete decision from their end, we decided to protest now because we want to pressurise the authorities to get back the previous grading system." She further said, "The problem with this is that previously students with 80-90 per cent got 'O' grade which has now been revised to students with more than 90 per cent will get 'O' grade. The students of Final Year are having an issue with this as the rules have changed suddenly and it will affect them for their Post Graduation especially the ones who will take their admission to overseas colleges. Another problem with regards to bio-metrics is that there are fixed gates for entry and exit which are very far away from each other. Owing to the fact the college campus is very huge, it causes a great inconvenience to students to enter or exit from the allotted gates only. The protest was called off only when police and the principal intervened and it was announced that there will be a meeting to discuss and resolve these issues on February 24. 

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Notably, Mithibai College comes under the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate (HSNC) Board and was established by Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal (SVKM) in 1961. It was formerly affiliated to Mumbai University (MU) but was granted the status of 'autonomous' in 2018 by the University Grants Commission (UGC). It has 50 per cent reservation for Gujarati community and further reservation for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC).  

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