Staff Reporter

If Government fails to stick to provisions of July 2 agreement

‘July 9 Higher Education Department order was a deviation from the original pact’

‘Government order regarding caution deposit also disagrees with the pact’

KOCHI: Self-Financing Engineering College Managements Association has decided to back out of the agreement reached on admission for this new academic year, if the Government fails to stick to the actual provisions included in the treaty signed on July 2.

An executive committee meeting of the association held here on Saturday pointed out that the Government deviated considerably from the clauses included in the original agreement.

Explaining the ‘missing’ points in the order issued by the Higher Education Department on July 9, association president G.P.C. Nayar said the reservation norms mentioned in the order were as per the provisions of the Kerala Professional Colleges Act and it was a clear deviation from the actual agreement.

Quoting from the agreement signed with the Government, Mr. Nayar said the original condition was to fill up 50 per cent of seats in accordance with merit-cum-means basis and reservation principles followed by the Government from time to time.

Supreme Court case

He said that the managements had challenged the provisions included in the Professional Colleges Act in the Supreme Court. An acceptance of the Government order would mean that the managements had agreed to the reservation norms mentioned in the Act.

Pointing out the changes in the Government order regarding the collection of caution deposit, Mr. Nayar said the actual agreement was to collect caution deposit of Rs.10,000 each from all students admitted in various colleges. But the Government order said the caution deposit for all candidates, except those belonging to SC/ST/OEC, would be Rs.5,000. For SC/ST/OEC candidates, the order said the caution deposit would be at the rates existing in Government colleges. Mr. Nayar said the rate existing in Government colleges was Rs.1,000.

Highlighting the clause on admission of students in the seats given to the Government, he said the Government had agreed to furnish the list of students admitted on or before August 31. The managements had also requested the Government to fill all seats before the first week of September.

But, Mr. Nayar said, the Government order pointed out that the “lapsed seats were those Government seats in self-financing colleges that may be filled by the institutions themselves if and when the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations informs that he or she would not be advising any more candidates against such seats.” This clause would lead to a situation where the seats would remain vacant for several months creating problems to the colleges, Mr. Nayar said.

He said the order was silent on reservation of students in 10 per cent of total seats allotted to the Government. In the actual agreement, it was mentioned that the Government shall allot 10 per cent of the total seats to students belonging to the minority community to which the educational agency belongs on the basis of merit. In the Government order, there was no mention about this agreement, Mr. Nayar said.