Thousands of students seeking enrolment in MBA, MCA and Self-Finance Colleges breathed a sigh of relief. For, a Gujarat high court bench on Tuesday gave the nod to admit students, who had not appeared for admission tests like CMAT, CAT and GMAT.
The high court ruling comes in the wake of a petition filed by Association of Self-Finance Colleges challenging Rule 17 of the MBA and MCA admission regulations and payment of fees rules, 2013. The SFI body had filed the petition in the wake of 5,153 and 4,102 seats lying vacant in MBA and MCA courses, respectively, in the state. They were lying vacant after all rounds of admission were completed.
Rule 17 speaks about admission to students in two fold.
One, students have to graduate with a minimum of 50% marks and second, they should appear for any admission test to enroll in both cases. According to the rule, colleges were not able to admit students, who had not taken admission tests.
“We have submitted before the court that looking at the existing scenario of vacant seats in the 2013 academic year, rule-17 should be suspended,” said PA Jadeja, who appeared in court with senior counsel DC Dave.
“The rule speaks only about the scenario where seats are less and number of students is high. But it is silent about the reverse situation prevailing this year. The SFIs would also suffer a lot due to the large number of seats lying vacant,” the lawyer said.