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HRD ministry puts admissions in educational institutes on hold

The ministry, however, made it clear that only issuing of offer letters to students for admission has been put on hold and not the entire admission process.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2007 20:58 IST

Virtually putting admissions in educational institutions on hold, the HRD ministry has directed the educational institutions in the country not to issue admissions cards to students but to continue with the admission process.

In a clarification issued on Monday, the ministry said only issuing of offer letters to students for admission has been put on hold and not the entire admission process. "The institutes can run their business as usual for admissions," a senior ministry official said.

The ministry's direction is applicable not only to IIMs but to all higher education institutions in the country. "It is a general policy direction," said a senior ministry official.

This means that entrance examination, interviews and short-listing of candidates will go ahead as per the schedule listed by different education institutions but the final admissions they will have to wait for the court's verdict.

Ministry officials said that they have told the institutes that they would get back to them at the earliest, anticipating an early hearing by the Supreme Court on the issue.

IIM Ahemdabad Director Bakul Dholakia, said, "I have nothing to say at this point of time," even as IIMs stated the repercussions on the issue. "Delay in admissions can derail the entire academic session," commented an IIM official. The board of IIM Directors is expected to meet soon to discuss the challenges put forth by the ministry's direction. Another IIM director, however, said, they have no option but to follow the government direction to stop admissions till the stalemate ends.

For IITs, the situation is less critical as the ministry has given them a go ahead to finalise the admission process. "The process as per the earlier direction of the ministry would continue as the entrance examination results are expected only in May," a ministry official explained.

The HRD ministry expects that the Supreme Court stay would be vacated soon and is expected to file a petition to get the stay vacated in the next two days. "Final touches are being given to the ministry's petition," an official said. The government on Monday consulted NDA parties on the issue in a bid to formulate political consensus on this critical issue.

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 20:42 IST