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Management quota admissions illegal: panel

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE 8. "All admissions made till now by professional colleges under the management quota (in violation of guidelines) are illegal. Our committee will not approve the admissions." S.S. Subramani, chairman, Permanent Committee for Conduct of Common Entrance Test for private professional colleges, stated this today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the panel had powers to monitor admissions as also the conduct of the entrance test.

"We find newspaper reports saying that there is confusion over admissions. Actually, it is the reports which raise confusion," he said.

"Even in 2004, the Supreme Court held that there could not be compartmentalisation of selection and admission, i.e., between conducting an examination and admitting students."

Quoting from the judgment in the "Islamic Academy of Education case," (while ordering formation of a committee by the States to monitor the conduct of an entrance test for management quota seats and stipulating its powers), Mr. Subramani said, "... If it is found that any student has been admitted de-hors merit, penalty can be imposed on that institute and in appropriate cases recognition/affiliation may also be withdrawn.'' It was this sentence, "which gives this committee power to look into the merit of admissions," that was missing in the newspaper reports. Using this power, the panel ordered a single-window system of admission for the management quota seats also, to prevent violation of norms, he said.

Mr. Subramani said all selections to the management quota should be based on the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations or the Common Entrance Test (CET) to be conducted by the Consortium of Professional, Arts and Science Colleges for engineering admissions and through a single-window system to ensure inter se merit among all eligible students, as ordered by the Supreme Court.

If a college did not participate in the CET, it would have to follow counselling done by Anna University.

When newspersons said some colleges had already admitted students, Mr. Subramani said admissions done on any basis other than as prescribed by the committee would have no legal sanction. "I feel sorry for the students. But we cannot approve the admissions." As for students from other States, he said the CET would be based on the Tamil Nadu government syllabus. "We can have guidelines for other States, but we cannot take a decision on achieving equivalency. The university concerned and the government have to decide."

On the all-India quota issue, Mr. Subramani said, "We leave it open." As for admission of non-resident Indian or foreign students, he said the committee hoped to provide guidelines at least for the future.

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