THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan on Saturday backed the Oommen Chandy Government on the sanctioning of new Plus II batches.
“The allotment process was fair, at least to the Ezhava community. All the requests of SNDP Yogam were considered. Neither did anyone ask nor did we pay any bribe,” Vellappally said, after inaugurating the annual general body meeting of the Thiruvananthapuram Union of the Yogam.
“The controversy is raked up by some managements whose applications were turned down. If they want a probe let it begin with the first sanctioning after the delinking of pre-degree course,” he added.
“Controversies are common in the education sector since the pre-degree de-linking during the tenure of P J Joseph as Education Minister,” Vellappally said.
The then LDF Government and P J Joseph did more harm to the Ezhava community than the UDF, he said. “The guidelines framed by that government focused on allotting more batches to existing institutions. It gave scant regard to communities with less number of institutions,” he said.
Vellappally said the community could get only 22 of the 700 new batches owing to the less number of schools. The Yogam started 27 self-financing colleges, including two in dental education, in two years. The colleges will be asked to reserve at least one seat and provide fees concession for those belonging to the BPL families, he said.
Vellappally felicitated Civil Services examination winner Aravind Vijayan, Lords Hospital managing director Dr PK Haridas for winning an international honour and S Narayanan who won the national junior chess championship at the function.