Kochi

Kudumbi quota puts MG university in a fix

The mandatory reservation is 51 per cent, according to the prospectus published on the varsity website

Students applying under the open merit category for admission to the postgraduate programmes in the teaching departments and inter-school centres of the Mahatma Gandhi University may lose one per cent of the 50 per cent quota reserved for them going by the prospectus published by the authorities.

CAT prospectus

The percentage of communal reservation exceeds the 50 per cent ceiling prescribed by the Supreme Court as per the prospectus for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 for admission to the postgraduate programmes in the teaching departments and inter-school centres of the varsity.

The Hindu has found that the mandatory reservation is 51 per cent, according to the prospectus published on the varsity website www.mgu.ac.in. It includes the 7.5 per cent seats reserved for candidates under the economically backward among the forward communities and the reservation for other categories (Ezhava, Thiyya and Billava – eight per cent; Muslims – seven per cent; Latin Catholics other than Anglo Indians – one per cent; Other backward Christians – one per cent; Other Backward Hindus – three per cent; Kudumbi – one per cent; SC – 15 per cent; and ST – 7.5 per cent).

Kudumbi category

Senior varsity officials admitted the lapse in the prospectus while pointing out that the reservation exceeded the 50 per cent cap set by the apex court owing to the inclusion of one per cent reservation for candidates under the Kudumbi category.

The government had reserved one per cent seats for students under the Kudumbi category for professional courses. Except for the M. Ed. and LL.M courses, none of the postgraduate programmes under the CAT of Mahatma Gandhi University come under the category of professional courses.

There is no mention in the varsity prospectus that one per cent reservation under the Kudumbi category will be restricted to the two professional courses.

They also accepted that the mandatory reservation should not exceed the 50 per cent ceiling even for the professional courses. A final decision on how to overcome the confusion related to the reservation is expected on Thursday.

Results of CAT 2015 will be published on July 3, according to the schedule published by the varsity.

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Printable version | Apr 4, 2020 4:48:24 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/kudumbi-quota-puts-mg-university-in-a-fix/article7352402.ece

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