Staff Reporter

Regarding admission of students to B.Ed. courses

MADURAI: A writ petition has been filed before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court challenging a Government Order dated July 4, 2007, introducing single window system for admitting students for B. Ed. courses in Government aided as well as self-financing colleges from the academic year 2007-08.

Admitting the petition filed by Bishop Agniswamy College of Education in Kanyakumari district, Justice K. Chandru on Wednesday restrained the State Government from forwarding any candidate to the petitioner college under the single window system or Government quota.

In his affidavit, the college correspondent said that the institution was established in 2007 after obtaining recognition from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and affiliation from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli. It was a self-financed institution with an annual intake of 100 students.

Until last academic year, the teacher training colleges across the State were permitted to fill up the entire intake on their own without any State quota admission. But the recent G.O. disturbed the entire procedure and stipulated single window system for admissions. The petitioner’s counsel, Isaac Mohanlal, contended that the Government had no right to expropriate the seats from self-financing colleges.

The G.O. issued by the Higher Education Department read that there were only 22 colleges of education in the State in 2003-04. Subsequently, the Government had granted permission to start 139 more colleges between 2004 and 2007. The figure excluded other self-financing colleges which had directly obtained permission from NCTE.

In view of the huge increase in number of colleges, the Government had thought it fit to introduce a single window system for admissions as per the suggestions of the Director of Collegiate Education.