TAMIL NADU

Student moves HC against Govt. stipulation

CHENNAI JUNE 26. A student today moved the Madras High Court to quash a Government Order, which stipulates that a minimum aggregate of 55 per cent was mandatory for engineering course aspirants.

S. V. Bratheep of Ganapathipuram in Kanyakumari district, who had obtained 50.33 per cent aggregate in the higher secondary examinations and 54.13 in the professional courses entrance examination, said as against the State Government stipulation of 55 per cent, the All-India Council of Technical Education has prescribed only twin qualifications - a mere pass in the Plus-Two and entrance test.

Stating that the entry level qualifications fixed by the Government was contrary to the qualifications set out by the AICTE, he said the anomaly led to over 10,000 engineering seats going unfilled during the academic year 2002-03. Quoting a statement of the Anna University Vice-Chancellor, the student said that even this year as against 56,581 seats available only 51,020 candidates had applied.

Also, the State Government followed a `discriminatory guideline' in the case of admissions to Non-Resident Indian students. NRI students need to have just a pass in Plus-Two for engineering admissions, and they are exempted even from appearing for the professional courses entrance examinations.

The student prayed for quashing of the Government order, which ran contrary to the AICTE norms, and sought to set aside the `discriminatory guidelines'. As an interim relief he sought permission to participate in the counselling scheduled to begin shortly.

Justice A. Kulasekaran admitted the petition, and ordered notices to the respondent-agencies, returnable by June 30.

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