June 30, 2008
By Syed Akbar
Hyderabad, June 29: Minority professional colleges in the State have completed admissions under the management quota even before the State government formally launched the process.
The admission process for the academic year 2008-2009 for professional courses is scheduled to begin officially in the next fortnight, but unscrupulous managements of minority colleges have already filled up the seats under their control.
State government rules on admissions by minority colleges stipulate that the managements should make the application forms available with district minority welfare officers or district collectors, besides in the college office. The general refrain from minority colleges this year is that they have run short of application forms.
Minority students seeking admissions in professional courses like medicine, engineering, pharmacy, MCA and MBA are the worst hit. "The State government has issued a GO long ago streamlining the admission process in minority colleges. This has remained on paper only. Except for a few colleges, most of these minority institutions are refusing to issue even application forms," says Nishat Hussain,
executive council member of Padmavathi Mahila University, Tirupati.
Some of the colleges have filled up the management seats at exorbitant fee, running into a million Rupees for courses like pharmacy and in case of medicine the commanding price is upwards of Rs 50 lakh.
"Unless the government intervenes and implements the AP High Court's directive on admissions in minority colleges, students will suffer this academic year too. The Court has clearly stated that the admissions should be purely on merit and there should be no irregularities," says Muhammad Ansari, president of Minority
Educational Rights Protection Committee.
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