TAMIL NADU

Start engineering colleges in each district: BJP

Staff Reporter

TIRUPUR: : Welcoming the Central Government's decision to bring a Bill to protect quotas in the self-financing professional institutions, the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party urged

the State to start engineering colleges at all district headquarters.

The number of Government engineering colleges is very few in the State. "The State should start at least a college with all major branches in all the districts that would help the students from weaker sections of the society," State president C.P. Radhakrishan said.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, he suggested that the Government allocate 15 per cent seats to non-resident Indians in the colleges to mobilise funds. Compared to the self-financing colleges, the fees at Government colleges were nominal.

Arguing that reservation was necessary to the socially backward communities, Mr. Radhakrishnan said it was not a "concession" given but a "right'' to the deprived people to strengthened themselves to compete with others.

"My personal opinion is that there should be a reservation within the reservation for the poorest of the poor.'' The Scheduled Castes are the suppressed class and the Scheduled Tribes are the most neglected for centuries, he said.

The Supreme Court judgement created a vacuum in the monitoring of the private colleges. "If private colleges were allowed to conduct common entrance test (CET), fix the fee, formulate the admission guidelines without proper monitoring by the State

Governments it would lead to commercialisation of education,'' he cautioned.

The proposed Law should incorporate provisions to monitor the private institutions and to ensure transparent admission. Mr. Radhakrishnan asked the State Government to start medical colleges in Tirupur and Sivakasi.