Institutes move Bombay high court over Maharashtra government’s attempt to regulate minority quota admissions
Mumbai city news: The petition filed by the institutes argues that minority institutions are protected under Article 30(1) of the Constitutionmumbai Updated: Jun 19, 2017 23:59 IST
The Maharashtra government’s plan to regulate first year junior college (FYJC) admissions for minority and management seats could be shelved this year.
From the academic year 2017-18, the education department had decided to include minority quota (50% reserved seats for minority students in colleges belonging to the same community or linguistic group) under the common online admission process followed across Maharashtra.
A ‘zero round’ for minority admissions was to be held before the general category admissions. Students aspiring applying through minority quota were supposed to register online like last year. But this year, the department wanted to allocate seats on the basis of merit, just like the general category.
While the department said it was acting on orders issued by the high court to bring in transparency and ensure merit-based admissions, P N Mehta Educational Trust, Mumbai, and the Boys’ Town Junior College, Nashik, challenged the government notification, issued January 1, 2017, to regulate admissions across the state, in the Bombay high court last week.
The petition filed by the institutes argues that minority institutions are protected under Article 30(1) of the Constitution, whereby all religious and linguistic minorities have a right to establish and administer educational schools of their choice. It also claims that the state does not have power to interfere and can only take regulatory measures. The petition states the notification bringing minority educational institutions under its (state’s) purview abrogates their rights and the state cannot force admissions so as to affect the minority character of the institutions.
“Institutes claim the common online admission process infringes on their constitutional right to admit students of their choice,” said BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
He said the department might drop its plan to include minority seats during the online process this year. “We will have to stick to the way we were conducting minority admissions earlier. The final decision will be taken soon,” he said.
Until last year, the education department had no control over the minority quota admissions. The admissions were done by the colleges on their own. Last year, the department had asked all students to register online, but colleges were allowed to fill minority seats offline and later upload the details of students admitted through the quota — with their unique identification number — to the admission portal.