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`Admission process transparent'

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KOZHIKODE, DEC. 3. The Kozhikode Government Arts and Science College principal-in charge Sasidharan has said that the admission process followed in the college is transparent.

Mr. Sasidharan was reacting to reports that alleged that the college authorities were planning to grant admissions to a few students in the first-year degree programme overlooking the existing admission rules.

In a statement here today, Mr. Sasidharan said there were currently 25 vacancies in the science departments for first-year degree courses owing to the students opting for professional courses. Students who had obtained admission to their second or third choices approached the principal requesting permission to change to higher options.

He said that the college council discussed the issue on November 5 and decided to prepare a rank list of students who aspired to shift to their higher choices according to merit. The council also decided to write to the university seeking clarification on admission rules.

The university clarification, which reached the college on November 23, said that change of course to a higher option was the privilege of a student provided it was done before registering for the examination concerned.

He said that the last date for registration for the first year degree examination was November 24 with fine. Since there was a strike by motor vehicle employees on November 24 and a holiday was declared for the university on November 25, the authorities send a list of eligible students to the university seeking to "condone the delay".

He said that there were 160 seats in B.Sc courses and past experience had shown that many seats remained vacant for three years. This was a waste of public money. Many students of the college belonged to low-income families who could not afford to obtain admission on payment seats in private colleges, he added.

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