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Students challenge 50 per cent criterion for engineering admission

In light of the 50 per cent criterion for Class XII students to take admission in undergraduate engineering courses, two students have moved Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. The hearing for the same was adjourned for a week by Justices Bhushan Gavai and Sunil Shukre as there is a similar plea which is pending at the in the principal bench in Mumbai, reported Times of India.

The two students, Kunal Butle and Vaibhavi Shende, have challenged the government resolution (GR) of October 31, 2012. According to the resolution the state level entrance examination (MHT-CET), which is conducted by the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) for admissions into engineering (BE) courses, had been discontinued.

It was also brought to notice that as per the GR, the qualifying marks from 45per cent (40per cent for reserved category) for admission to UG engineering courses by Class XII candidates. Also, it has been brought to notice that for the 2012-13 session, almost 49,200 seats were vacant whereas in 2013-14, over 52,000 seats were not filled up. It was argued by the two that sufficient publicity was not given to the new eligibility norms and even the apex body had kept them at 45per cent.

The court has already issued orders to state higher and technical education secretary, technical education director, AICTE chairman, and secretary and executive director of CBSE.

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