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Students storm into edu minister’s office, protest against Best-5 fiasco

mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2010 00:54 IST
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Best-Five fiasco

Blaming the Best-Five fiasco on state School Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad activists, the students' wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, stormed his office in Mantralaya on Friday and demanded his resignation.

Some students staged violent protests near Thorat's Malabar Hill residence.

However, their protest did not yield the desired effect because the minister was not in the city.

The students, who came in groups, tried to break open Thorat's fifth-floor office at Mantralaya.

Police reached the spot 15 minutes after the ruckus started and detained 25 students. Police detained around 45 students from outside Thorat's residence. All 70 students were released by evening.

The activists were protesting against the delay in the junior college admissions - the state plans to start the process after July 10. Shailendra Dalvi, ABVP's state joint secretary who led agitation at Mantralaya, told Hindustan Times that the state government should explore a new formula next year and start the class 11 admissions at the earliest.

“The government should not waste time in appealing in the Supreme Court but talk to the parents of students from all boards to find out a suitable formula for this year,” Dalvi said.

Under the Best-Five system, a SSC student's percentage was to be calculated taking his or her marks in the best five subjects instead of the aggregate of six principal subjects and considered for admission to junior colleges. Twenty-one parents of students of the ICSE Board had moved the high court arguing that the new formula gave SSC students an unfair advantage. On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court had rejected the Best-Five policy terming it as discriminatory against students from other boards.

The state government has decided to challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court.