The Judges’ Committee overseeing admissions to professional courses in private institutes in the State on Saturday scrapped the 15 per cent management quota in private engineering colleges.
Committee chairman justice Chandresh Bhushan (retired) confirmed to the Hindustan Times that the management quota meant for resident Indians has been done away with in private engineering colleges. He, however, said that a maximum of 15 per cent seats would be at the management’s discretion to be strictly filled by NRI students.
Other seats, except the 20 per cent all-India quota, would have to be filled through counselling based on Pre-Engineering Test (PET) 2006, he said.
Justice Bhushan said the decision was taken in the light of a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Inamdar versus State of Maharashtra in which the management quota in private technical institutes was abolished.
The Judges’ Committee has been appointed by the MP High Court at the directive of the Supreme Court to oversee the admission process in private professional institutes in the State.
The Association of Professional Institutes – the body of the private technical institutes in the State – has strongly objected to the committee decision. The association will soon decide its course of action on the issue.
Association secretary Suresh Chouksey said they had submitted a written representation to the committee on July 18, voicing objection to the proposal to scrap the quota. Stating that the decision was against the natural law, Chouksey said the committee had no jurisdiction over the matters in technical institutes.
The secretary said such an decision was unjustified when the counselling for engineering admissions would start soon. The PET-2006 results were announced two days back. The PET rulebook stipulated the management quota at 15 per cent, State quota at 65 per cent and the all-India quota at 20 per cent, he said.
There are about 30,000 private engineering seats in the State of which 15 per cent was at the discretion of the management till last academic session (2005-06). This 15 per cent also included the maximum five per cent NRI quota.
However the Justice Chandresh Bhushan Committee made it clear that no resident Indian student could be admitted against the management seats.
The decision is expected to raise a storm with private colleges’ management not in a mood to accept the decision silently.