Indore : Citing separate deadlines for online and offline admissions, National Student Union of India (NSUI) said that the colleges adhering to the centralised online admission norms are at the receiving end as the state government has given one month extra time to the colleges with minority status for admissions.Plus, the minority institutions are permitted to admit students in offline mode.
“The disparity is stark,” NSUI state chief Vipin Wankhede said.
“While the registration window for online admissions in undergraduate courses closed on June 20, the colleges with minority status are to admit students till July 23. It’s sheer inequity and also unjustified.”
NSUI activists staged a sit-in to protest this inequity at local office of Department of Higher Education (DHE) on Wednesday morning.
They said that equal opportunity should be given to both minority institutions and colleges under centralised online counselling.
At the time of the protest, Indore division additional director Dr Narendra Dhakad was not at his chamber.
The activists were informed that the AD is out for some official work and would come to the office at 4 pm after which they can talk to him. Police too reached at the scene and told the activists that they were protesting in vain as the AD is present to listen to their demand.
The activists shelved their protest but their delegation returned to the local office of DHE in the evening and met Dhakad.
The NSUI activists had given a memorandum to the AD two days back wherein they had expressed their discontent over extra time being given to the minority colleges and had requested the government to extend the deadline for registration for online admissions as well.
The delegation sought to know what decision has been taken on their memorandum. The AD informed the NSUI delegation that he had forwarded their memorandum to higher-ups in Bhopal and a decision on their request is still awaited.
Stating that the government is favouring minority institutions, Wankhede announced that the NSUI could carry out a state-wide protest if equity did not prevail.