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Chandigarh April 27th 2006, Tribune News Service

The Punjab Engineering College here has decided to seal the “back-door entry” route for admission to this coveted engineering institute of the city. The Board of Governors of the college would meet on April 29 to consider abolishing the age-old provision of admitting students following nominations by various state and central government agencies.

PEC provides for reservation of supernumerary seats in the college for states and union territories which do not have engineering colleges or lack facilities for education in specific fields of technical education. The reservation of seats under this scheme is made by the nominating agencies such as state/UT governments, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development etc. Each year at one or two students were admitted to the college based on such recommendations.

It has been now proposed that since the college is admitting students on the basis of the all-India entrance test, AIEEE, and also the college offers an all-India quota of 50 per cent reservation in seats there is no justification for keeping such a provision. The proposal statement points out that such a provision “is likely to interfere with the merit as the sole criteria of admission to the college.”

The college also proposes to do away with the category “other award winners (it does not include service medals) “for admission to candidates who are dependents of military persons. Wholly dependent sons/daughters/spouses of military personnel who are awardees of specified gallantry decorations are to be considered in order of preference. These include Paramvir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Sarvottam Yudh Seva medal etc the last preference being “other award winners”. It was felt that this category is not well defined and therefore gives rise to controversies at the time of admission and there have been court cases on this account.

The Board would also consider some other changes to the admission procedure. In cases of admission of students in the sports category, PEC has proposed to simplify the procedure. Admission under this category is made on the basis of sports gradation (grades A, B, C and D) issued by the Chandigarh Administration on the basis of sports achievements of the candidates. The procedure to determine the inter-se merit of the candidates having the same sports gradation is being done following a complicated set of criteria.

The college proposes to do away with this set of criteria on the rationale that after the sports achievements of the candidates are uniformly graded by the same designated authority there is no justification in considering further details of their sports achievements to determine their inter se merit. It has also been noted by PEC authorities that the existing procedure of determining the inter se merit has invited a number of court cases almost every year at the time of admission.

Instead the inter se merit would be determined based in the AIEEE rank. In case of tie in the academic merit in AIEEE the same would be resolved by considering the seniority of age.


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