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MES suggests a formula for admissions

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MES presidentFazal Gafoor

Kozhikode: The Muslim Educational Society (MES) has put forward a “merit-cum-means” formula that can be the basis for allotment of seats in the government quota in self-financing colleges to break the deadlock that threatens to delay admissions to professional colleges in the State.

President Fazal Gafoor claimed at a news conference on Wednesday that this formula would ensure social justice in admissions to the professional colleges and enable colleges of the minority communities to protect their minority status by ensuring adequate presence of students from the minority groups in their rolls.

Dr. Fazal Gafoor claimed “this is a formula that will ensure social, financial, and community justice”.

As per the formula, seats in the government quota should be allotted in such a way that 30 per cent (15 seats) will be for general merit; 10 per cent (5 seats) for SC/ST students; 20 per cent (10 seats) for Other Backward Communities (OBCs); and the remaining 40 per cent (20 seats) for the community quota .

In the community quota, seven per cent (two seats) will be for BPL families and the rest (18 seats) for students who are not in the creamy layer.

On 50:50 formula

He said the major shortcoming of the 50:50 formula which was being followed now was that students from the minority groups were required to pay a hefty fee.

He pointed out that the Supreme Court had made it clear that the State government was free to evolve a formula that would guarantee social justice to students belonging to all sections of society.

The MES proposed that in the 50 per cent seats set aside as management quota, 15 seats should be for NRIs and 35 for management. For the NRIs, the annual fee should be Rs.9 lakh, and for the management quota, Rs.5.5 lakh. A deposit of Rs.5 lakh should also be allowed.

Dr. Gafoor hoped that the Inter Church Council would give its views on this formula. It was also free to make modifications in consultation with the government.

The MES had submitted the proposal to the Chief Minister, ministerial sub-committee examining the issue, Inter Church Council, Medical Management Association, Defence Minister A.K. Antony, and the Leader of the Opposition.

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