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Sport’s quota row for Chandigarh JAC admissions yet again

Three sportsmen have challenged the Joint Admission Committee’s (JAC’s) decision to have the same cut off for general as well as sports quota, in five reputed engineering institutes in Chandigarh, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court

. The same admission criteria were also announced for the region’s sole architecture college.

In response to the petition, the High Court issued a notice of motion to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the JAC. The notice was issued through the chairman in Dr. SS Bhatnagar University of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University on Wednesday.

In its recent decision, the JAC refused to have a separate cut off for the sports quota and had decided to keep 62 marks in the JEE Main 2014 as the eligibility criteria for both sports and the general quota.

Advocate VD Sharma, appearing on behalf of the petitioners submitted that the three petitioners, who are national level tennis players have passed their CBSE class XII examination with 74.2 per cent, 63.8 per cent and 69.4 per cent.

The petitioners challenged the JAC’s move to fix the same cut off for the general and sports quota. The rule is discriminatory to sports and the students will now have to focus only on their studies. The petitioners thus sought scrapping of the JAC’s eligibility criteria for the sports quota.

The petition further added that as per the information brochure issued for JEE Main 2014 and JAC’s eligibility conditions for 2014, admissions to BE, B Tech and B.Arch/B. Planning were to be carried on based only on the marks secured in the entrance examination. There was no condition for taking the class XII marks into consideration for fixing the cut off marks.

It is worth mentioning that the CBSE had conducted the AIEEE in April and the results were declared on July 07.

The engineering and architecture colleges participating under the Joint Admission Committee are Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh; University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University; PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh; (formerly Punjab Engineering College); Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, Chandigarh; University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University; SSG Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur and Chandigarh College of Architecture.

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