A query by a bench comprising of Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari and Justice Sandeep Shindes came on a petition by nine students from universities other than Mumbai.
They alleged that due to inaction of JBIMS, Mumbai University and the government in forwarding the proposal for renewal/extension of the autonomous status of JBIMS to University Grants Commission, the five-year autonomy expired on July 11.
Their petition said the seat matrix for non-autonomous institute was changed and 70% was now reserved for MU students, and 15% for universities outside Mumbai in Maharashtra; the remaining 15% is for all-India quota.
The students’ advocate, Satish Talekar, argued that till last year the state quota was 85% without bifurcation between home university and any other university than the home university.
The judges asked how the national character of JBIMS, perceived as an institution of national eminence, was retained by giving 70% reservation to MU students. They asked advocate Rui Rodrigues, representing CET cell, to ensure the presence of JBMIS director Kavita Laghate. Rodrigues said that by the new seat matrix not only students of MU, but also students from outside MU in the state and all-India quota can avail of admissions at JBIMS.
He said by allocating 15% seats to all-India candidates, the institute’s national character was retained. When the state’s advocate iterated the stance, Justice Dharmadhikari retorted, “You are not obliging anyone.’’ Not satisfied with the state’s reply, the Judges called for advocate-general Ashutosh Kumbhakoni. Kumbhakoni said he would have to study the issue and sought time till Monday.