Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court granted an interim injunction restraining the Indian Maritime University (IMU), Uthandi, from admitting students who have not qualified through the Common Entrance Test (CET) conducted by it to any of its constituent institutions for the August 2009 batch of the 1-year diploma in Nautical Science.

Responding to a petition filed by The Maritime Institutes Association, Justice P. Jyothimani granted the injunction on September 15 for four weeks.

The petitioner-association said after the Indian Maritime University Act, 2008, came into being, the Director General of Shipping issued a notification whereby the admission of candidates for the Diploma in Nautical Science, which leads to B.Sc. (Nautical Science) course, was transferred to the IMU. Consequently, in April this year, the IMU invited applications from candidates for joining the Diploma course through CET. The prospectus for B.Sc. (Nautical Science) was released by IMU, which started that all candidates, sponsored or not, had to qualify in the CET conducted by IMU to get admission in B.Sc. (Nautical Science) programme of IMU.

The CET was conducted in June and the results were declared. Out of the 4,155 candidates who qualified, 3,475 candidates applied for the course. Counselling for the seats was held in July but was stopped midway and deferred by IMU. On July 17, in its guidelines for admission for students, the IMU asked sponsored candidates admitted through entrance test conducted by the respective institutes (not through IMU entrance examination) should pay an amount of Rs 38,100 to the IMU under intimation to the respective institutes. There was no provision either under the IMU Act or in the prospectus that enabled a sponsored candidate to get admitted to the DNS course without qualifying in the entrance examination. The inclusion of this clause suggesting admission to students who had not taken the IMU entrance examination was contrary to the admission procedure prescribed in the IMU prospectus and hence illegal and arbitrary, the petitioner-association said.