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Diploma students of polytechnic colleges have moved the Bombay high court challenging the newly introduced caste-based reservations for direct entry into the second year of the four-year degree course from this academic year.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Girish Godbole was hearing petitions filled by Mansi Mane and eight other students of Walchand College of Engineering, Sangli and other colleges in the region. They challenged the introduction of two rules by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) providing reservation for backward classes and the physically handicapped. Their petition contends that due to these new rules, the availability of seats for them has decreased by 50%.
After taking their SSC exams from Kolhapur, the students completed the three-year diploma course sanctioned by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The students advocate Uday Warunjikar argued that reservations deprive such students of a chance to enroll into a college of their choice. If they want to introduce caste-based admissions, let them do it next year, said Warunjikar. He added that all the petitioners were distinction holders. The judges observed that the petitioners can always approach the AICTE to increase seats for lateral entry. They directed the petitioners to make the AICTE a party in the case and adjourned the matter till July 25, 2011.
Courtesy: Times of India
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