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Minority admissions policy 'unfair': group

Say online admissions requirement imposes state control over minorities in violation of the constitution

A delegation from the Isai Mahasangh meets with Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur A delegation from the Isai Mahasangh meets with Madhya Pradesh Governor Rameshwar Thakur
  • ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
  • India
  • April 26, 2012
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A Christian group in Madhya Pradesh has threatened legal action against the state government for making the online admission process for minority higher educational institutions mandatory.

A delegation of the Isai Mahasangh (Christian front) met state governor and chancellor of universities Rameshwar Thakur over the issue yesterday.

“We hope to settle the matter amicably with the state government and if it does not work, we will have to approach the High Court,” said Richard James, a member of the delegation.

The delegation urged Thakur to discourage the state government from “carrying out the hidden agenda against minorities on the pretext of transparency and quality education.”

Putting an end to direct admission, the state government recently made it mandatory for higher education institutions of the minority communities to follow an online admission policy.

According to the new policy, students will have to apply online and opt for colleges listed by the higher education department. The government would then select the appropriate college for the student.

Students and colleges would have no power to decide for themselves under the new police, critics say.

“This is unfair and it needs to be changed,” said Father Anand Muttungal, who led the delegation and alleged the move would hijack the constitutional rights of minority institutions to function without government interference.

The Indian Constitution allows religious minority communities to set up and run their educational institutions without state interference.

The delegation alleged that the government did not consult the minority community before making such policies.
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