The government while issuing the GR did not specify that the ruling was applicable
only to unaided schools
The State Minority Department is examining the possibility
of rectifying Government Resolution (GR) and brings all the aided minority schools
under the gamut of reservation of the quota for minority schools. The
department feels that the GR issued three years ago was misinterpreted by the minority
After the minority institutions referring to the high court ruling claimed that
the state government had no right to take action against unaided schools for admission
issues, the department decided to examine the provisions of its resolution. The
high court, in 2008, had directed the state government that it cannot interfere
in the admission process of unaided minority schools. However, the government while
issuing the GR did not specify that the ruling was applicable only to unaided schools.
"We are examining the possibility of re-issuing the GR, specifying that aided schools
will have to follow the reservation norms," said Arif Naseem Khan, minority’s welfare
minister. He convened a meeting of the officials from school education and minorities
department after the issue of reservation of the minority quota in schools became
a hot topic. The department had contemplated action against schools not following
the quota norms two days ago.
An official from the department clarified that though the high court has restrained
the department from interfering in the admission process, it has right to seek explanation
for other irregularities. "The action against a school in South Mumbai two months
ago was for the irregularities on other fronts. The parents had complained about
other violations. The department has right to take action for these discrepancies,"
the official said.
The official said that the department will also think of implementing its decision
of passing on vacant seats to other minority communities if that particular community
failed to provide the required number of students.
Courtesy: DNA India