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HC directive to Govt on SWS

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Chennai, July 6 (UNI) The Madras High Court today said the Tamil Nadu Government should not insist that self-financing engineering colleges admit students under the management quota by following the Single Window System (SWS).

Passing orders on a petition filed by Consortium of Self Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu, Mr Justice K Raviraja Pandian said the rule of reservation will be followed in admission to management seats retained by non-minority unaided engineering colleges after setting aside 15 per cent of the quota of for NRIs.

The rule of reservation will not be applicable to minority unaided engineering colleges, he said.

The consortium and the Association of Minority unaided Christian institutions sought to quash certain conditions in the May nine, 2006 order of the Mr Justice S S Subramani Committee for the conduct of CET on following SWS for admissions and the rule of reservation and consequently direct it to grant approval to them to conduct the CET as per the norms stipulated during the academic year 2005-06 for 2006-07.

In his order, the judge said during the course of arguments, both the parties put in separate affidavits containing the terms of consensus arrived by them in their own words.

The affidavits said non-minority unaided colleges will surrender 65 per cent of the total seats to the government.

The minority unaided colleges will surrender 50 per cent of the seats to the government which will be entitled to fill up the surrendered seats by following the SWS based on the ranking done by the Anna University and the rule of reservation.

The state government will adopt the procedure followed during academic year 2005-06 and accordingly, not insist on the petitioners to make admission against the seats retained or held by them by following the SWS.

Admission to the seats available in the unaided engineering colleges, both minority and non-minority, will be made on the basis of marks obtained in the Common Entrance Test and the Plus Two.

The marks obtained in the CET shall be from any one of the tests conducted by the Consortium or the Anna University or All India Engineering Entrance Examination or any other CET by government or government agencies of other states, he added.

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