High Court stays mi­nori­ties panel’s di­rec­tive to col­leges

Com­mis­sion had sought de­tails on ad­mis­sions over 3 years

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Mo­hamed Im­ran­ul­lah S.

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.

UGC norms

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.

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