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State to take legal advice on quota issue

The state education department is treading cautiously on the legal implications of its proposal to reserve 90 per cent of junior college seats for state board students.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2009 01:15 IST
Sayli Udas-Mankikar

The state education department is treading cautiously on the legal implications of its proposal to reserve 90 per cent of junior college seats for state board students.

It has decided to take Advocate-General Ravi Kadam’s opinion in addition to the advice of its own Law and Judiciary Department.

The step is being taken in view of the threat by parents that they would challenge government’s decision in court and also to avoid repetition of what happened with the percentile system.

It will also delay the decision on quota by a day or two. Earlier, the education department wanted to announce a formal decision on Thursday.

“I want to have a foolproof plan in place, which will not meet the same fate as the percentile proposal,” said Education Minister Radha-krishna Vikhe-Patil on Thurs-day.

“I have decided to take legal opinion from Kadam, but he was in Bangalore today. Once he is here, we will ask his opinion and decide what to do,” Patil added.

The move initiated by the minister is being opposed by the non-SSC schools.

The admission should be based on merit and not the quota system, parents and institutions have argued.

They also said the system would do injustice to non-SSC board students who would score more but would not be able to get admission in city’s top colleges.

Vikhe-Patil has been insisting that the move is aimed at standardising the admission system and that he cannot ignore the majority of students who come from SSC schools.

Meanwhile, the Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Council of Secondary Education have participated in the online admission process of the state education department.

“The CBSE and ICSE have submitted their list of students for the online admission process on Wednesday evening. It is better for their students if they cooperate with us in this manner. They should start their own junior colleges next year to avoid this confusion,” Vikhe-Patil added.