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‘No deserving student can be denied admission’

GUWAHATI: Academics are at loggerheads over the question of reservation of 75% seats for Assam Board students in degree courses in state government and provincial colleges.

Even the education department is adamant on the decision of a committee to decide on the admission policy, but the management of the schools expressed complete displeasure over the quota. He said that the meritorious students of CBSE would be denied seats in the best colleges of Assam.

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All Assam Private Schools Association (AAPSA) president Pankaj Das said that if regional sentiments are at play, then CBSE and other boards have as many Assamese students as AHSEC in the city. “How can the government differentiate between students on the basis of the board?” he questioned.

“Since the UGC pays the salaries of the staff of colleges and universities, can 75% of the seats be reserved for AHSEC passouts? Should the colleges in Delhi stop admitting students passing out from the board from the rest of the country? should give?” Demanded immediate withdrawal of instructions from Das.

On the other hand, the Assam College Teachers Association (ACTA), a leading organization of educationists, is in no mood to criticize the Directorate of Higher Education or the Education Department, citing the interests of ‘its own students’. ACTA General Secretary Himanshu Maral welcomed the admission quota. “There is nothing wrong in giving priority to the students of state boards. Due to this policy, a section of CBSE passouts may not get admission in colleges of their choice, but they will definitely get a chance to study somewhere within the state We hope that the government will accommodate all the passed out students if they do not like to go out of the state for higher studies,” Maral said.

Assam’s director of higher education, Dharma Kanta Mili told TOI that the 75% reservation formula has been passed by the committee constituted by the state education department to streamline the admission process. “We are confident that no deserving student will be denied admission,” said Millie. However, he agreed that a certain number of students cannot go out of the state for further studies due to the COVID situation and this may put more pressure on colleges in Assam.

An official of the education department said that around 13,500 students cleared the CBSE Class XII board exams in the state this year, while under AHSEC around 2.47 lakh students passed the exams.

When contacted, CBSE Northeast Regional Office Director KK Choudhary said, “Assam government is at liberty to frame its own admission policy.”

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