The state government has directed the Higher Technical Education Department and the School Education Department to ensure minority institutes fill their 51 per cent linguistic and religious quotas.
Minority Development Minister Naseem Khan said on Tuesday that the state would cancel the minority status of institutes that failed to fill the quota or discriminated against communities during admissions.
This followed a meeting between Khan and officials following complaints against certain institutes, such as N.M. College of Commerce and Economics and Mithibai College of Arts, Science and Commerce, which allegedly barred Parsi, Momin and Bohri students from applying under the minority quota.
“We have admitted all minorities, including Bohris, Parsis and Momins,” said Sangita Kher, vice-principal of N.M. College, which had earlier struck names of students from these communities off its merit list.
There were complaints about other colleges, such as Saboo Siddique College at Byculla, and Jhunjhunwala and P.A. Inamdar colleges in Pune, which had not filled the minority quotas. “We have given a three-year grace period to degree colleges to fill the quotas because in some cases there aren’t enough minority students. For junior colleges, there is no grace period,” said Khan.
He said degree colleges would have to explain to the Minority Department why their quotas were not filled.