Minority-run junior colleges will not compulsorily have to surrender minory quota seats left unfilled to the education department, the Maharashtra Association of Minority Educational Institutions has said.
Members of the Association spoke to the education department on the issue last week and have also asked its member minority colleges to only surrender the seats as per their convenience.
Admissions for minority, management and in-house seats (schools with attached junior colleges) are conducted offline by junior colleges themselves. The education department has asked minority colleges to complete their admissions and surrender the excess seats for the online admission process by June 23. “They can’t force us to surrender our seats,” said AE Lakdawala, honorary secretary of the Association, who added that institutions have the constitutional right to decide what to do with their own seats. “If we aren’t getting enough students now, we can fill up the seats later.”
However, education department officials claim that this has been the practice for the past three years and that no one will follow the association’s call. “We always fill up our seats and never have any to surrender,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrew’s College in Bandra. “However, there is a lot of government interference and the constitution clearly gives us our privileges.”