Govt likely to challenge HC verdict on engg admission

A senior ACPC official said that the system followed by the body was much easier and better and there was no need to change it.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: June 22, 2014 3:26:16 am

The state government is exploring all the possibilities, including moving the Supreme Court, against the Gujarat High Court’s order on Friday pertaining to the formula deciding merit for admission in engineering courses in state.

A senior state Education Department official said, “We are considering all options, including moving the SC to challenge the HC verdict as the formula given by the court is not acceptable.”

When asked if moving the apex court would not delay the admissions, the official said that there was still a month left for completing the admission process and they could move the apex court in this connection.

The Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) handling engineering admissions has been following the method of computing the percentile marks by making 60 per cent of percentile score obtained by a candidate with reference to his board examinations and adding it to another 40 percentile score of JEE examination. But the court has rejected it and given a new formula.

A senior ACPC official said that the system followed by the body was much easier and better and there was no need to change it.

Based on its own formula, the ACPC has already prepared the merit list of all the candidates, over 63,000, who applied for engineering admissions this year. The first merit list was to be declared on May 22. However, it has now been kept in abeyance after the HC judgement.

ACPC member-secretary M B Dholakia, when contacted, said, “We are prepared for all eventuality. It is for the government to decide to go by the HC order or challenge it in the apex court.”

However, he said the HC order would not create a chaotic situation. “We can prepare a new merit list within a period of two days once we get a go-ahead from the government,” Dholakia said.c

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