Protests broke out on the premises of the regional centre after nearly a hundred students were turned away as they did not qualify for admissions.
While on the first day the open university conducted counselling for SC, ST and differently-abled candidates, on Friday the admission process was meant for OBC non-creamy layer of candidates. Conflict broke out when a section of candidates belonging to the ‘Lingayat’ community were told that they did not qualify for reservation.
“As per regulations of the state government, they qualify for reservation under 3 B Category. However, they were told at the venue that the community did not figure in the Central list for reservation,” said one candidate.
Following the protests, the counselling process was delayed by few hours. With no other choice, candidates belonging to the community had to return home without a seat. The candidates questioned officials why their names were announced in the counselling list if they were not eligible for admissions under the quota.
“The IGNOU brochure and the application mention that the admissions will be done based on the Central List of Reservation. Some teachers do not seem to have read the regulations properly. One can cross verify this list on the National Commission for Backward Classes website, www.ncbc.nic.in,” he added.
Source : The New Indian Express , 22nd Nov 2014