TAMIL NADU

Rajani Rai decision on engg. eligibility norms not valid: PMK

Pondicherry July 26. N. G. Panneerselvam, Organising Secretary of the Pondicherry PMK said here today that no policy decision of a Lt. Governor who had quit the post would be valid in the eyes of the law.

In a communication here today, Mr. Panneerselvam said that the present Lt Governor had already resigned from the post (following posting of her successor) and the decision to reduce the eligibility mark for a candidate to apply for engineering courses in private institutions from 50 percent to 40 percent was ultra vires and the notification slashing the eligibility percentage of marks was not valid.

Mr. Panneerselvam said that the Administration should not implement the order. An expert committee should be formed to go into the necessity to reduce the eligibility of marks and analyse the pros and cons of such a decision.

He said that the government should not also set a bad precedent in any manner to effect a reduction in the percentage of marks merely because some institutions had made a representation to the government for the reduction in the eligibility marks. This would only confirm that the Administration was acting as per the control exercised by the private colleges.

The PMK functionary said that no student from Pondicherry would be able to get a seat under this arrangement. Presently the cut off mark for the free seat was 114 and a student aspiring for admission under this should have obtained 70 to 80 percent of marks in the plus two examination in Physics, chemistry and Mathematics.Further if a student from Pondicherry had to join a private institution he or she should pay a hefty tuition and other fees in private institutions.

He said no student from Pondicherry would be able to meet this expenditure.

Only candidates from affluent families from outside Pondichery might get the opportunity to do the course in engineering colleges here.

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