The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has asked the first-year students of degree engineering courses to continue studying at colleges in which they have been given admission.
The directive was issued to students as well as parents, following a Gujarat High Court order, terming the merit list prepared by the Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) as “unconstitutional” and scrapping it. The HC order was delivered on Thursday.
The court order struck panic among the majority of students as admission process has been completed and classes have started. Students and their parents are worried as to what will happen if the merit formula was changed. Trying to allay their fears, GTU’s in-charge registrar G P Vadodaria on Monday said that even if the present merit list was scrapped and fresh admissions were conducted on the basis of another formula, it would not affect students, except shifting some of them from one college to another.
Stating that over 90 per cent of the students given admission are in colleges affiliated to GTU, he said it would not affect their studies as the syllabus in all the GTU-affiliated colleges is same.
Asking the students not to waste their precious time, he urged them “to continue to attend their classes, laboratory and workshops regularly”.
A senior representative of ACPC M Y Patil, who has been associated with engineering admissions ever since ACPC came into existence in 2005, said that since the admissions were already over, the state government had decided to challenge the order in the Supreme Court.
“Now, we will go as per directions of the apex court,” said Patil.
The HC, in its order, had stated that ACPC’s method of normalising percentile of different education boards is against the right to equality and hence, in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution that guarantees that right. The HC order came on a petition filed by some students having studied in CBSE-affiliated schools in the state. Their contention was that ACPC method of preparing merit put a candidate ahead of more meritorious students, particularly those from CBSE.
What the ACPC is doing for nomalisation marks obtained by students of various boards, is to convert them into percentile. The present merit list was prepared by giving 60 per cent credit to percentile rank obtained in the board examinations and 40 per cent the percentile rank calculated from the marks obtained in the JEE.
An ACPC official said that ACPC had prepared the merit list on the formula suggested by the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) to ensure justice to students of all education boards.