The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed Mumbai University to clarify its stand on a state government circular directing the Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai to deduct 5% marks from the scores CBSE and ICSE students before weighing them against state board students during admissions.
The court was irked by the fact that only GLC and no other law college under Mumbai University was made applicable to the 5% deduction in the circular, and the matter will come up for further hearing on Wednesday.
A student from Rajasthan, Swati Kinsara, had moved the court challenging the validity of the circular issued on June 14, 2011, directing GLC to deduct 5% from CBSE scores.
Her counsel MP Vashi contended that this was discriminatory and presumed the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examinations was better than other boards.
Kinsara had not gotten into the college despite securing 88.5% in her Class 12 exams, though she saw that others with fewer marks had been admitted.
The court dismissed Vashi's contention saying that some 'equaliser' was required when students from different boards applied. "They can apply equaliser and it can be in the form of deduction in marks."
The court, however, directed the university counsel to clarify its stand on the circular, after Vashi pointed out the anomaly that only GLC fell under the circular's directive. The court is likely to decide the circular's fate on Wednesday, when it comes up for further hearing.