High Court stays minorities panel’s directive to colleges
Commission had sought details on admissions over 3 years
The Madras High Court has stayed the operation of letters issued last month by the State Minorities Commission to various minority-run colleges in Tamil Nadu, seeking details of admissions provided to students belonging to minority communities in the last three years.
Justice S.S. Sundar granted the interim stay after senior counsel Isaac Mohanlal, representing the petitioner institutions, said it would be impossible for every institution to fill at least 50% of its seats with only students from minority communities.
However, an undertaking was given to the court that none of the institutions would deny seats to eligible candidates from minority communities just to accommodate students from other communities.
The stay was granted on writ petitions filed by the principals of reputed institutions including the Loyola College, the Madras Christian College, the Stella Maris College, the Women’s Christian College and The New College in Chennai, as well as the Nirmala College in Coimbatore.
The senior counsel brought to the notice of the court that almost all minority institutions in the State had been providing admissions strictly in accordance with the norms and guidelines prescribed by the University Grants Commission.
“The act of the Commission amounts to interfering with the matter of admission of students in educational institutions, which only the UGC or the universities concerned could do,” he argued. The judge ordered notices, returnable in two weeks, to the Commission.