172 students admitted to minority colleges despite not having requisite marks

HYDERABAD: Minority colleges which admitted students against norms last year could face the ire of students what with the A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) recommending to the Government not to recognise such admissions.

According to sources, 172 students were admitted to 45 minority engineering colleges in the academic year 2006-07 despite not having the requisite 50 per cent marks in Intermediate.

The Government had given the freedom to the colleges to admit students without EAMCET qualification but with the condition that such students should necessarily score 50 per cent marks in their Intermediate. However, 45 colleges admitted 172 students whose marks were below 50 per cent.

Officials said the colleges admitted students fully aware of the illegality and that students’ future would be spoiled. When these students were refused permission to take the examinations they moved the court that allowed them to appear for the exams. However, on July 23 this year the Federation of A.P. Minority Educational Institutions represented to the officials that their admissions be legalised. They were confident since similar cases were legalised in the academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

But now the APSCHE has taken a serious view of the issue and recommended to the Government that stringent action be taken against all the erring colleges and that the admissions of these students should not be recognised. The idea is to send a strong message to the colleges for whom it had become a habit to violate norms with the confidence that such violations would be rectified on the argument that “students should not be punished.”

“This has been the tactic of several colleges over the years and the Government always favoured students. But this time we want to be tough and stringent action and heavy penalties have been recommended,” an official said.