Tamil Nadu universities to follow 69% reservation quota on admission: state education minister

Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy has asked all universities in the state to follow the 69% reservation policy when admitting in the next academic year. The minister’s statement comes at a time when some universities in Tamil Nadu, including Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), have announced the establishment of a 10% quota for applicants belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS). ) in addition to a reserve of 49.5% for other arrears. Classes (OBC), Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in some centrally funded streams, a leading daily reports.

Unlike the central government, Tamil Nadu follows a 69% reservation policy guaranteeing 26.5% seats to backward classes, 20% to most backward classes/denotified communities, 3.5% to Muslim backward classes, 18% to Scheduled Castes and 1 percent to Scheduled Tribes, in educational institutions and state government jobs.

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“Some universities follow the Center reservation system because they receive central funds,” he said while adding that MKU must follow the state reservation policy because it is completely under government control. of Tamil Nadu.

Ponmudy added that an official circular will also be issued soon.

Previously, Tamil Nadu opposed the implementation of the central government’s New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and appointed a committee to draft the state education policy.

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The Tamil Nadu government has also opposed the national medical entrance exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), saying it is an injustice to students coming from economically weaker sections. The state government has also set up an expert group to examine the social and economic implications of the common entrance exam. The committee in its report claimed that students who were enrolled in MBBS courses through NEET performed worse than those enrolled on the basis of Class 12 grades.

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