The participants of the protest accused that the police perpetrated unprovoked violence against the innocent students who were agitating peacefully and in a democratic manner.
Maharashtra CET Cell on Wednesday declared the schedule for MHT-CET, MAH-MBA/MMS-CET, MAH-LLB-CET and other entrance exams for professional courses in 2020.
The agitating students said that the two incidents are indicative of the shrinking space for students from marginalised sections including poors, dalits, tribals and minorities.
The University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to act against the engineering colleges which failed to meet the norms related to admission, finances, staff and infrastructure in the last two academic years.
Last week, the CET Cell issued a notice, announcing that the test is proposed to be conducted in the second and third weeks of May next year, over a period of 16 to 20 days.
The University of Mumbai has decided to replace its colonial-era convocation gown with a new dress, which is said to be in line with ‘Indian traditions and culture’. However, for many, it was yet another political ploy aimed at ‘saffronisation’ of 162-year-old varsity.
While the petitioner had argued that the rules pertaining to institutional round make no mention of regional quota, the court said that the rules related to the institutional round and those related to regional quota need to be interpreted together.
The students have particularly objected to one of the admission rules for the course which requires that, irrespective of their scores in the entrance test, candidates editing their submitted application forms mid-way through the admission process be placed at the bottom of the merit list.
With backward categories and minorities, especially Muslims, in the state still lagging behind in education, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has demanded that the new government in Maharashtra bring special regulation to ensure adequate representation of SCs, STs and minorities in the educational institutes.
The admissions to diploma nursing programmes in the state continue to be conducted by colleges on their own, even though the law requires that admissions for professional courses be conducted centrally by the government.