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No Gujarat High Court stay on engineering admissions based on percentile

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The Gujarat High Court, on Wednesday, refused to grant stay on the percentile-based admission process for degree engineering and diploma pharmacy courses. The court has kept the matter for further hearing after four weeks and mandated that the admission in these courses will be continue as schedule. The court was hearing a PIL filed by activist and lawyer, Vinod Pandya, who challenged the admission process stating that percentile-based admission is prejudiced towards meritorious students.

The PIL stated that, The Gujarat HC had already termed the process as ‘ultra virus’ earlier. However, in November 11 last year, the government formulated rules to provide admission on percentile-bases. The PIL states that this move is detrimental to the interest of students at large, as a percentile- based merit list is made factoring the number of students who appeared from the exam from their respective boards. The board which had lesser number of students have an edge over those boards with a large number of students. Government pleader Manisha Shah said, “The chief justice bench has refused to grant stay on admission process and will hear the case after four weeks. Therefore the admission process would be continue as per schedule.” The state government had lost the same case in the Gujarat High Court in 2014 after which they filed an appeal before the Supreme Court; the same will be heard next month. The government didn’t get any order in its favour yet they formulated the same rule which was rejected by the HC in 2014. – Courtesy

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