Std XI CAP may begin tomorrow

By - Posted on July 16, 2008

NAGPUR: The centralised admission process (CAP) for Std XI is expected to start again on Wednesday after the state government informed the Bombay high court on Monday that it will not implement the GR providing for 70:30 quota for local students in college admissions this year.

Deputy director of education Govind Nandede informed the TOI that since the GR of 70:30 seats distribution was not implemented in Nagpur, the centralised process is likely to start as soon as Wednesday.

"We're convening a meeting of our Centralised Admission Committee (CAC) on Tuesday regarding this matter. As we are completely ready, we could start the process from Wednesday. But the final decision would be made during the meeting," Nandede told TOI.

Implementation of this GR was stayed by the Bombay high court on July 9 after Thane corporator Pratap Sarnaik filed a PIL alleging that the 70:30 formula will cause prejudice to students and defeat the purpose of attaining higher merits. A division bench comprising chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A P Deshpande had directed the government to file a reply, leading to the government submission on Monday.

As per the GR, every college had to admit 70% students with their residence within the same district, while 30% seats were to be reserved for outsiders. The government had asked for implementation of the GR by sending a letter to all colleges in Mumbai on July 4. The GR had not been implemented in other parts of the state.

On Monday, when the hearing was resumed, advocate general Ravi Kadam, representing the state government, informed the court that the government has decided not to implement it in this academic year. "The government will first examine the background and then implement the GR from the next academic session (2009-10)," he added.

In Nagpur, the centralised admission process will start with spot admissions to the bifocal courses to be conducted at Panjabrao Deshmukh auditorium at Dhanwate National College. The merit list of over 6,000 candidates for 2,250 seats is available at .

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