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Admission fears allayed

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 02:28 IST
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Justice Chandresh Bhushan, head of the Judge’s Committee that scrapped 15 per cent management quota in private technical institutes, today clarified that the decision would not adversely affect admission process as the management quota is usually filled up at the end of the counseling.

He told Hindustan Times that the decision is also applicable to other professional courses like MBA, MCA and pharmacy. However, it is not relevant for private medical and dental colleges as they do not have any management quota in the first place, he added

The chairman of the Judge’s Committee mentioned that it doesn’t matter whether the private colleges have conducted their own admission tests or not.

``Whatever the procedure of conducting the admissions, the committee is supposed to ensure that the process is fair, transparent and non-exploitative to the students as per the ruling of the Supreme Court in Inamdar versus State of Maharashtra case,’’ Justice Chandresh Bhushan said. He added that the committee has full jurisdiction over the admission process in technical colleges.

According to sources, the Supreme Court in its judgment on August 12 last year in the Inamdar versus Maharashtra State case had ruled out management quota in private professional institutes as they have been allowed to conduct admission process at their own will and thus all the seats – apart from the maximum 15 per cent seats for NRIs – would be under their jurisdiction.

Justice Chandresh Bhushan refused to interpret the SC decision, saying the committee’s decision says it all. Significantly, the Association of Private Dental and Medical Colleges of Madhya Pradesh, which would conduct common admission test for the session 2006-07, has followed the SC judgment and not mentioned any management quota.

Of the 970 seats available with the three medical and seven dental colleges (private), 136 have been reserved for NRIs while others are open to students appearing for the MP DMAT-2006 – the common entrance test, president of the association Babulal Jain told Hindustan Times.

On the other hand, working president of the API Sanjeev Saxena said that since the rule of 15 per cent management quota for technical institutes had been announced by the State Government, the association opted for admission in private institutes through the PET-

2006 conducted by the Professional Education Board. “Had the government made it clear that the management quota does not exist, we would have conducted our own entrance test,’’ he added