A Worli student who passed out of the US Embassy’s American School of Bombay has moved the Bombay high court to challenge the University of Mumbai’s decision to refuse to issue him an eligibility certificate to study law. The varsity has said that only non-Indians can study at the Embassy’s school and the student did not have a no-obection certificate (NOC) from the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
Advocate Dinyar Madon on Thursday mentioned the matter before a division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice M S Sonak. The bench has scheduled the case for hearing on November 27. Advocate Rui Rodrigues is representing the university.
The ASB, located in Bandra-Kurla Complex, was set up in 1988 and as per its website, enrolls around 750 students annually to its various classes from primary school through Grade 12. The students come from 50 different nationalities—30% are American, 12% are Indian and 58% are third-country nationals.
Zahan Yusuf, a resident of Jahaz Mahal Bungalow at Worli, had passed his International Baccalaureate exams (Class 12) in 2006 from ASB. He completed his Bachelor in Management Studies from Jai Hind College based on a provisional eligibility certificate. In 2012, Yusuf was admitted to the five-year law course at D Y Patil Law College. The University of Mumbai, however, refused to issue Yusuf an eligibility or migration certificate required to pursue a course if one hasn’t passed the qualifying exam from the state board. The university pointed out that one of the terms in 1988 set by the MEA was that ASB would not admit Indian students. As an Indian, he was not eligible to study at the school unless he had a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the MEA, the university said.
According to Yusuf’s petition, the MEA had relaxed the condition in 2000, when it transferred the responsibility for the NOC to the school.
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