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02 September 2013

Relief for Students From Northeast who were denied admissions in Maharashtra

Mumbai, Sep 2 : Several students from the northeast who sought admissions to technical institutions in Maharashtra post the deadline (August 15) set by the Supreme Court have got some relief.

Intervention by the ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has ensured provisional admissions for the students in the institutions where they were originally allotted seat. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) too has filed a review petition in the SC seeking an extension in the deadline for this year to facilitate admissions for affected students.

On July 1, the MHRD sent a letter to state governments stating that seats be reserved in technical institutes for northeast students. Around 1,500 students from the northeast were allotted seats in technical institutions in several states. The letter stated that the students could take admissions till August 30. However, a SC order set a deadline of August 15 for admissions to all technical institutes in the country. While some candidates sought admissions before the August 15 deadline, some could not, for several reasons. In Maharashtra, around 40 candidates were denied admissions as they arrived post August 15. - Yogita Rao

The AICTE has now filed a review petition seeking an extension in the admission deadline. "We have also sent letters to the technical board in all states asking them to give provisional admissions to the affected candidates up to September 15. The review petition was filed in the court three days ago and we are expecting the matter to be resolved," said AICTE chairman SS Mantha. A student from Sikkim claimed that their state government, AICTE and MHRD officials have ensured that all students who returned to their respective states, after not getting a seat, were called back.

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