While several representatives from various unions, unhappy over the existing five per cent management quota in junior colleges, approached the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar with a request of increasing it by another 10 per cent, CAP committee members gave a detailed presentation to Pawar that the increase proposed by the unions was uncalled for.
Assistant Education Director (Pune division) Balasaheb Owhal, who was present at the meeting, said, “Besides representatives from unions and CAP committee, members from a few junior colleges also attended the Tuesday’s meet. None of them demanded any increase in quota reserved for Class XI admissions.”
He alleged that the unions only wanted to mint money and have been trying to subdue CAP by applying pressure tactics.
While the correspondent was interacting with Owhal, a few members of political outfits arrived at the spot and said that the CAP should allow at least a handful of the colleges to make additional admissions.
One of them said, “Rather than sticking to rule book, like every year, CAP should consider some of our ‘requests’. When we approached colleges, they asked us to get written permission from CAP. And here they aren’t entertaining us at all.”
Rubbishing the need to increase the existing quote, Owhal said, “The CAP system has been in place for Class XI admissions for the last 18 years.
Moreover, students get admissions in college on their merit. You can see the contradiction. Despite thousands of seats lying vacant, students’ unions are demanding an additional 10 per cent increase. If the government agrees their demand, then several colleges on the outskirts, which are already facing paucity of students, will get deserted.”
Commenting on the issue, CAP Chairperson and Deputy Director of Education (Pune division) Suman Shinde said, “At the meeting, Deputy CM took stock of the recently concluded admissions. He did not issue any directive to increase the number of seats. But he cleared that a college can submit the proposal in my office in case it feels the need to increase the number of existing seats.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) vice-president for Shivajinagar constituency Shekhar Jori said he received several complaints from students about getting colleges that were far away. “How can CAP expect a student residing in Deccan to attend college in Aundh,” he said. Another activists Suresh Jain said though CAP officials claimed that the admissions went smoothly, some students were allotted college that were more than 20 kilometres away from their homes and the only solution to the problem was government giving permission to junior colleges to increase the quota.
It was learnt that despite the CAP mandate to colleges of not exceeding the existing five per cent management quota, several colleges were accused of flouting the norm and gave admissions to students referred by the unions. So this year the CAP committee kept a tight vigil on the mission process to curb the alleged malpractices that occurred during last year’s admission process.
Apart from rejecting the unions’ proposal, Pawar shot down their demand of asking by CAP Chairperson Suman Shinde to take back the police complaint she had registered against Youth Sena leader Kiran Sali. Shinde had lodged a complaint against Sali last week for obstructing government official from performing her duties.
50,995 Students admitted in junior colleges this year under the CAP
478 Number of colleges in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad areas