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Supreme Court stays HC order on engineering admissions in Gujarat

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SC stays HC order on engg admissions
Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Gujarat HC order to prepare fresh merit list of 70,000 students for Engineering courses admissions.

The apex court has, however, asked the state government to consider the case of those 23 students, who had moved the high court, in the third round of admission, said Gujarat government pleader Prakash Jani.

Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) member-secretary M N Patel said the apex court had stayed the high court order, and had asked ACPC go ahead with the admissions.

Patel said that as almost 90% of candidates had already taken admissions and started attending classes, the final round of merit list for the remaining students would be out in the next two days.

23 students from the state, who had passed their Class XII exams from the CBSE, had filed a petition against ACPC.

They had pleaded that they had scored higher marks in Class XII exams but were awarded low marks compared to students belonging to the Gujarat State Education Board.

The HC had ruled that the methodology of the committee to calculate percentile ranks of students who did not belong to the state board was wrong.

The committee had already granted admission to 54,000 students and the remaining 16,000 seats under the management quota of various colleges.

The high court had directed the ACPC to prepare a fresh merit list after normalisation of marks from different boards. The new list will give 60% weightage to board exam results and 40% to the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE).

But the high court gave specific instruction to the admission authority that it should not calculate the percentile of central board students merely on the basis of those who had registered for the admission process in Gujarat. Instead, their percentile should be calculated on the basis of their performance in their board exams, the court said.

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