Bombay High Court (HC) asked the director of technical education Tuesday to appear before it Wednesday in a case filed by two 17-year-old sisters from Pune alleging that the directorate of technical education (DTE) modified rules midway and played with the career of students seeking admission to engineering colleges under the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) migrant quota.
The sisters,who scored 93.33 per cent in mathematics-physics-chemistry in HSC,claimed as per a notification issued in February,the students were not required to take common entrance tests such as MT-CET and JEE Main held on April 4 and May 16. This,they said,was also stated in a revised admission brochure issued on May 20.
Their petition filed through lawyer Pooja Thorat states the DTE decision to change admission procedure without giving sufficient reason or time was unreasonable.
Moreover,they contended,the fresh merit list was absurd as it compared scores of MT-CET,JEE and HSC.
The petitioners said the move denied them admission to Maharashtra Technology Institute,Pune,despite eligibility.
They said DTE could not have expected them to appear for MT-CET after it was conducted and urged HC to quash the merit list released on June 23 and issue a fresh one based only on HSC scores.
They also asked the court to strike down the notification of June 4 that revised the eligibility criteria for students under the J&K migrant quota.
There are approximately 1,500 seats under the quota for children belonging to families displaced from J&K due to terror.