Students from government polytechnic colleges and Student Federation of India tried to barge into the territorial Assembly on Wednesday. They were protesting the cancellation of entrance examination for lateral entry to engineering courses from polytechnic colleges.

Police stopped the protestors near Mission Street and asked to disperse.

The protest follows the government’s move to stop the entrance examination for lateral entry to engineering courses for students who had completed their polytechnic course. The protestors said students from private colleges would have an advantage as government polytechnics did not always award full marks in practical exams.

Most of the students were, till now, prepared to write the entrance examination and many even attended coaching. All of a sudden, the government decided to change the pattern, which affected many of the students.

At present, there were around 1,000 students in government polytechnics – MNGP and the Women’s Polytechnic, the protestors said.

When they approached the authorities at PIPMATE on Tuesday, they were told that it was a “policy decision.” The protestors argued that if it was a policy decision, the students should have been informed earlier.

They wanted the authorities to postpone the implementation to next year.