Massive protest by JNRM students against policy adopted for admission in UG courses

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ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
13 Jul 2018

Students of Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya (JNRM) staged a protest on Friday demanding abolishment of reservation policy for admissions in higher educational institutions like JNRM, Andaman College and Mahatma Gandhi Government College at Mayabunder. The protest march started from JNRM campus and agitators proceeded towards Raj Niwas to meet the Lt. Governor with their grievances. However, the rally was stopped by the Police near Gandhi Park where students shouted slogans against the administration. “Students define the character of a campus. Students particularly from the general category has been suffering for long securing admission in the college offering under-graduate course in these islands due to the faulty reservation policy. Despite scoring high in plus 2, students falling in the 10 years category, fail to get admissions in the colleges here, whereas those from OBC category with low percentages get admitted. All the three colleges viz JNRM, ANCOL and MG Collage at Mayabunder are institutes offering non-professional and non-technical courses and such reservation policy is supposed to the adopted in institutes like DBRAIT, Polytechnic. Moreover, as per the MHA Act of 1996, such reservation policy is applicable for island students intending to pursue education in institutes in mainland,” claimed one of the students
“The guidelines for admission to the U.G courses in Andaman & Nicobar Islands have been issued wherein the administration has fixed the category wise admission in all the three colleges. The guidelines for admission in the U.G courses fixed by the administration is not in accordance with the provisions which has been adopted by the administration for the last several years. The guidelines adopted by the administration for admission in the U.G course in the three colleges here is not applicable to institutes offering UG courses in these islands. The Govt. of India has framed the scheme in the year 1996 and was promulgated for the allotment of professional/technical and non-technical reserved seats in the various institutions/colleges in the mainland to various categories of students passing out from schools of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The order issued by the Govt. of India was challenged before the Apex Court, which upheld the order and since then the UT Administration has adopted the scheme for allotment of professional/technical and non-technical reserved seats in the various institutions/colleges in mainland. The colleges in these islands are neither professional or technical and as such scheme framed by the government is not applicable to the Colleges of these islands,” said some others urging the Lt. Governor and the Secretary Education to withdraw the reservation policy in the interest of students.