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Are all seats now State quota?

india Updated: Jul 26, 2006 13:21 IST

WITH STATE’S private engineering colleges having opted for PET by the State Government’s Professional Examination Board for admission despite being allowed to conduct their own entrance test in the August 12, 2005 Supreme Court ruling, a question is being asked if all seats in colleges belong to the State following scrapping of the management quota.

Chairman of the Judge’s Committee, Justice Chandresh Bhushan (retired) says no. He made it clear to Hindustan Times that even though admission process was conducted by the State Government, there is no question of any `State quota’ as there is no seat sharing involved after scrapping of the management quota.

The Supreme Court judgment in the Inamdar case (of August 12, 2005) clearly mentions the State should have no seat quota in the private technical institutes.

However, as the Judge Committee has validated the admission in the private colleges through PET and counselling by Directorate of Technical Education while scraping the management quota, a row has erupted whether the decision has converted all the existing seats barring the NRI quota into state quota, say sources.

It is being pointed out if the management quota has been scrapped, the State quota too should be scrapped and private technical institutes should be allowed to conduct fresh admission process on their own. 

But Justice Chandresh Bhushan doesn’t concur with the idea.  “An admission process is being followed to which the private technical institutes have already agreed. The agency conducting the admission process might be the State Government but there is no seat sharing and no quota,’’ the chairman reiterated.

Government clarifies
PRINCIPAL SECRETARY of Technical Education Dilip Mehra clarified the stand of the department regarding the PET 2006 rules that provided for 15 percent management quota (inclusive of five percent NRI quota), 20 per cent all India quota and 65 percent state quota.

The PET rules were framed as per the guidelines of the AICTE of 2004-05. The AICTE has failed to come up with any fresh guidelines in the light of the SC judgment in Inamdar case, he added.

The AICTE has only now constituted a committee headed by Justice Rangnath Mishra to look into the issues arising out of this judgment and the 93rd Amendment of the Constitution (regarding reservations).

“Since the technical colleges are governed by AICTE, which is a statutory body, we set the rules as per its available
guidelines,’’ the PS mentioned.

The PS, who is also member secretary of the Judge’s Committee, further, mentioned he had, along with other technical expert member Surjit Singh, got inserted a note of dissent to the decision of the committee to scrap the management quota, mentioning that any such decision at this juncture (half-way through admission process) would harm the interest of the students.