Ambiguity removed from sports, culture quotas for Maharashtra junior college admissions

3% of the seats will be reserved for students who excel in sports, while 2% will go out to those from a cultural background

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It’s good news for Class-X students who will apply to junior colleges under Sports and Culture quotas. While earlier, students may not have managed to get a seat owing to lack of clarity on these reservations, a new government resolution (GR), passed on Thursday, seeks to put an end to the confusion.

According to the new GR, three per cent seats will be reserved for students applying under the Sports quota in junior colleges, while two per cent of the seats will be reserved for the Culture quota. Earlier, in 2008, the State had announced that five per cent of the seats will be reserved for students excelling in sports activities at district, state and national levels. However, there was no clarity on students coming from a cultural background. In 1997, a GR released by the state announced that two per cent of seats will be reserved for both sports and cultural quota. With the admissions going online two years ago, several applications were disqualified as there were a lot of ambiguities in the earlier GRs.

“The new rule policy states that colleges who do not get enough applicants under the sports quota can fill the seats with applicants from cultural activities and vice versa. If seats are still vacant, the colleges can convert the reserved seats for open category students and fill it on the basis of merit,” said an education department official.

For the Sports quota, students have to win the first or second
position at the district, state and national level sports. For the Culture quota, students have to excel in music and dance exams conducted by the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, or should have excelled in competitions conducted by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs qualify. Until now, colleges had their own selection criteria for such categories. “The government has also allowed students to apply under these quotas if they have
performed well in sports/culture in lower classes such as Std VIII, IX and X,” said the official.        

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