Thursday, May 5, 2011

[ZESTCaste] AICTE to withdraw 45% eligibility

AICTE to withdraw 45% eligibility

May 5, 2011
DC Correspondent
The state government on Wednesday asked the All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE) to withdraw its recent circular fixing 45
as eligibility percentage for SC, ST and MBC students to join
engineering colleges.

The state government, terming the circular meaningless, said that it
would not follow AICTE's directive and go ahead with its present
minimum eligibility criteria.

"The government, under Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, is determined to
ensure social justice and provide engineering education to all
students. The state government issued an order during the 2010-11
academic year stipulating the minimum eligibility marks: 50 per cent
for general category (OC), 45 per cent for BC, 35 per cent for SC/ST.
This is in force since then," a government press release said.

However, the AICTE had recently sent a circular to all state
governments stipulating the minimum eligibility as 50 per cent for
general category and 45 per cent for all others falling under the
reservation category from 2011-12 academic year.

"If the AICTE directive is adopted, then it would affect SC, ST, MBC
and rural students which will render the social justice concept
meaningless," the government said.

The state government insisted that it would follow its present
eligibility criteria for admissions to engineering courses in the
2011-12 academic year also and urged the Council to withdraw its
circular in the interest of students of the aforesaid communities.


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