Claiming that the guidelines for admission to arts and science courses were being flouted by the private colleges, Association of University Teachers (AUT) urged the government to introduce single-window counselling system for these courses.
K Pandian, AUT vice president, in a release urged the Higher Education department to release admission guidelines for the academic year 2014-15 for Arts and Science colleges without further delay.
“Private, aided and unaided colleges have already begun the admission procedure by distributing application forms. Every year, the government issues the admission guidelines in the form of a GO, based on which admissions to the UG and PG courses in government (80), aided (133) and self-financing (530 plus) Arts and Science Colleges are done,” Pandian said.
Though the guidelines stipulate the admission process, ranging from cost of application to the communal reservation of seats, absence of a concrete mechanism has led to private colleges breaching it, an academician said.
Speaking to Express, V, Coimbatore and the Nilgiris zonal chairman of AUT, said, “Government colleges alone adhere to the norms, while many aided and self-financing institutions flout it. In some aided colleges, applications were issued only to those students who paid capitation fees.”
“Apart from this, management of many aided colleges start admission to aided courses, for which no fees is charged, only after filling up the self-financing course seats. This has led to many deserving candidates losing out to those with poor records,” he rued.
As per norms, 100 per cent seats in government colleges, 90 per cent in aided colleges, and 50 per cent in self-financing colleges have to be filled under government quota, he said, adding that single-window system should be followed for admission to these institutions. “The move for single window system was dropped following pressure from influential people in the private colleges,” Balusamy alleged.