The Bombay High Court staying the 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in academic institutions and government jobs in Maharashtra is likely to create confusion in academic circles for while. Following Friday’s court order, certain institutions in the process of complying with the new quota policy decided to wait for fresh government orders.
Agricultural universities were the first to implement the new reservation policy on the academic front. After the court order, the Maharashtra Council of Agricultural Education and Research (MCAER), which governs the functioning of these varsities, held its PhD admission process in abeyance until further clarifications from the government.
“We were about to display the merit list for admissions to around 206 PhD seats in around 12 institutes under agricultural universities,” said MCAER Director (Education), Uttam Kadam.
The Directorate of Technical Education had not made Maratha reservation applicable to Centralised Admission Process for engineering for 2014-15, but introduced it for institute level seats following the formal decision. Admissions through lateral entry (direct second-year admission) for engineering and pharmacy degree courses were brought under the new reservation policy for 2014-15.