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Article 371: ‘frame rules for reservation in admission to professional courses’

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Demand:Students of various schools and colleges staging a protest in Gulbarga on Wednesday.— photo: arun kulkarni
Demand:Students of various schools and colleges staging a protest in Gulbarga on Wednesday.— photo: arun kulkarni

Students of various schools and colleges took out a procession after holding a convention here on Wednesday demanding that the State government frame rules for the implementation of Article 371 (J) of the Constitution and extend the benefit of reservation in admission to professional courses from the academic year 2013-14.

The students, who held the convention under the banner of the North Eastern Teachers’ Forum at Kannada Bhavan, later marched to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, led by working president of the forum M.B. Ambalagi and others, and submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to the Deputy Commissioner.

The memorandum said that as per the provisions of Article 371 (J) extended to the Hyderabad Karnataka region, students pursuing higher education should get separate reservation in admission to professional courses, including medical and engineering. However, to avail this benefit, the State government would have to frame the rules and fix the quantum of reservation for the students of this region.

They said that the State government should take a decision to hold the Common Entrance Test scheduled on May 1 and 2 at the divisional-level.

The memorandum said in the six medical colleges and 16 engineering colleges in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, there were 350 medical seats and 3,681 engineering seats available. Apart from that, 141 dental seats were available in seven dental colleges in the region.

At present, 80 per cent of these seats were being taken by students from other regions, they said.

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