Tamil Nadu

TN to give 7.5% quota for State govt. school students in professional courses

Making a promise: Chief Minister M.K. Stalin in the Assembly on Wednesday. Special Arrangement

The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on Thursday adopted a Bill to earmark 7.5% of seats on “preferential basis” for students from State government schools in admission to undergraduate courses in engineering, agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, law and other professional programmes offered in universities, private colleges, government-aided and government colleges. These students would have to have studied from Class 6 to 12 in the State government schools in Tamil Nadu.

The Bill, introduced in the House by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, stated that the government has decided to take affirmative action to bring about real equality between students who studied in government schools and in private schools. The existence of “ de facto inequalities” between the government and private school students was evident from the report submitted by the Justice D. Murugesan Commission, it said.

“Though education is important to all students for their enrichment in knowledge and to lead a reasonable and meaningful life, the students from Government schools forming a distinct class require more attention of the State for preferential treatment in higher education compared to the students of private schools, who are provided with better environment, different and conducive atmosphere in pursuing their education,” the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill stated.

Considering the socio-economic condition, disadvantage suffered and the past enrolment of Government school students, the Commission has recommended that not less than 10% of seats in engineering, agriculture, veterinary, fisheries, law and other professional courses may be set apart to provide preference in admission to Government school students “without affecting the rule of reservation in force in the State.”

The Justice D. Murugesan Commission was constituted to assess and analyse the reasons for lesser number of Government school students getting admission into engineering, agriculture, fisheries, veterinary, law courses, etc., in universities, self-financing colleges and government colleges and recommend remedial measures to ensure due representation of government school students.

When Mr. Stalin sought the permission of the House to move the Bill, all parties, including the principal opposition AIADMK supported the legislation. Leader of the Opposition and  Edappadi K. Palaniswami spoke in support of the Bill. The Speaker said the Bill was being moved with the unanimous support of the House.

Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi said the reservation for government school students would not be applicable in deemed universities.

The Bill was passed unanimously. The AIADMK members were not in the House, when the Bill was adopted, as they had staged a walkout over another issue.


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