Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered notice to the IIT-Madras and the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development on public interest litigation petitions filed by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi president Thol. Thirumavalavan seeking a direction to the authorities to admit SC/ST candidates directly to B.Tech courses under the reservation policy.

The petitioner also wanted the institute to go by the Union Government’s reservation policy while filling vacancies in the faculties.

In his petitions, Mr.Thirumavalavan said the joint entrance examination was conducted every year for admitting students to B.Tech courses in the IITs. But SC/ST students, who appeared for the examination, were not admitted to the courses on the basis of their performance in the test. On the other hand, the IIT-Madras forced most of the SC/ST candidates to take up a separate one-year “preparatory course.” If a student was not successful in this course, he was not allowed any re-examination, or another attempt to re-do the course; he had to forfeit the seat.