HC to hear petition on admission process in junior colleges

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Mumbai, Jul 13 (UNI) Bombay High Court will hear tomorrow a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), opposing the state government's 70:30 formula in the admission process for junior colleges in the metropolis.

According to the formula proposed in year 2003, 70 per cent of the seats of an institute were to be reserved for students of the district, where it is located, and rest for those coming from other areas.

A government resolution, issued in 2003, had been put into effect after a letter was sent to all colleges on July 4, asking them to implement the formula.

On July 9, a bench consisting of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice A P Deshpande, had stayed the admission process till tomorrow -- July 14 and admitted the petition filed by Thane Corporator Pratap Sarnaik alleging that implementation of the formula will cause serious problems for students and defeat the purpose of attaining higher merits.

While hearing the petition, the bench had observed that 70:30 ratio was ''very disproportionate'' and directed the state to file its say on the next date of hearing.

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