Mumbai: After waiting for two months, the Maharashtra government has finally given a go-ahead for resuming admissions to all educational programmes without Maratha quota.
On Thursday (November 24), the state’s General Administration Department (GAD) issued a government resolution (GR), announcing that the admissions for the academic year 2020-21 will be carried out without 12% socially and educationally backward castes (SEBC) reservation, as directed by the Supreme Court (SC). The GR has cleared the way for admissions to first-year junior college (FYJC), engineering and pharmacy diploma courses as well as vocational courses in Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), which were put on hold following the SC order on September 9.
According to GR, students that applied under SEBC or Maratha reservation will now be admitted under the general category. The SC verdict has already made it clear that the admissions made so far, including those admitted under Maratha quota, won’t be reversed.
The FYJC and other post-class 10 admissions were stopped mid-way after the Supreme Court (SC), on September 9, directed the government to conduct the admissions to all educational institutes without the recently introduced 12% Socially and Educational Backward Castes (SEBC) reservations for the Maratha community, while referring the question of the legality of this quota to a larger bench. On October 27, SC adjourned the matter for four weeks as the senior lawyer representing the state remained absent in the court, which will further delay the admissions.
The GR has also cleared a major hurdle for admissions to various higher education programmes including engineering, management, law, education, pharmacy, architecture and pharmacy. The state has already begun admissions to health science courses without Maratha quota.