“Prescribing minimum marks for admission reasonabale”
“Unreasonable to fix minimum marks for SC/ST candidates”
Admission always in consonance with notification: Judge
MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has declined to quash a notification issued by the Director of Collegiate Education, prescribing minimum marks in graduation for admission during this academic year to Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.).
Justice K. Chandru refused to accept the petitioner’s contention that it was unreasonable to prescribe minimum marks even for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates, especially when no such restriction was imposed on candidates of any community last year.
“Admission to professional courses is always in consonance with the notification issued by the Government from year to year, and each academic year is a separate unit and, therefore, relying upon the prescription of previous years has no relevance to the year in question,” the judge said.
He said the Director was justified in prescribing a minimum of 60 per cent marks for Other Community candidates, 45 per cent for Backward Class, 43 per cent for Most Backward Class and 40 per cent for SC/ST candidates.
“The Government had made a reasonable classification by prescribing different marks for different communities in view of its conscious decision that it cannot expect the same standard from all candidates,” Mr. Justice Chandru said.
The petitioner, S. Muthusamy, said he was initially admitted into the course offered by Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G.R. College of Education at Uchipuli in Ramanathapuram district. But on coming to know about the notification, the college cancelled his admission and refunded the fees as the petitioner had obtained only 38 per cent.