Special Correspondent

"Private institutions declining to admit students"

Points out TN model of seat-sharing in professional courses Minority institutions should select students from Pondicherry only

Pondicherry: The Pondicherry State Students and Parents Association (PSSPA) has urged their government to ensure that private medical and engineering colleges here earmark seventy percent of the seats in the institutions to students sponsored by the government through joint entrance test conducted by the Centralised Admission Committee (CENTAC).

A memorandum pleading for such a quota was submitted by a PSSPA delegation to the Chief Minister N. Rangasamy and also to the Lt Governor M. M. Lakehra on Tuesday.

Captain R.Vijayan, president of PSSPA pointed out that the Tamil Nadu government had brought in a measure effecting seventy percent of the seats in private professional colleges for government sponsored candidates.

Students welfare

The memorandum pointed out that the private institutions in Pondicherry were declining to admit students under the government quota. Permission was given to private players to open the colleges to take care of the welfare of the local students and not for financial interest. Kerala and Karnataka were also adopting the policy of sharing of seats between the government and private managements in the professional courses.

The memorandum also stated that linguistic or religious minority institutions should select students from within Pondicherry and `they have no right to admit students from other states on the ground of admitting students on minority basis. ` The government should give strict instructions in this regard it said.

The delegation that met the Chief Minister included the vice president of the Association, R. Rajkumar, its secretary R. Kumar and some members of the Executive Committee of the Association.