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Thursday, 25 June 2015

MU will reserve 1% seats for third gender - Mangalore

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the state government have thrown open the portals of higher education to students in a whole lot of new categories. While the directive to reserve 3% of available seats for physically challenged students came first in 2001, the state government acting on a Supreme Court directive dated April 15, 2014, directed universities in Karnataka to set aside 1% of available seats for students of the 'third gender'.

The government followed this with another directive reserving 8% of seats for students of Hyderabad-Karnatak region in 2014. In its latest order dated May 21, 2015, it has directed universities to set aside 15% extra seats for other university candidates. UGC on its part too has directed state universities to set aside one seat for wards of Kashmiri migrants. All this is contained in regulations governing admission to PG degree/diploma courses of Mangalore University.

Going a step further, the university at the meeting of its academic council on Thursday last ratified a decision of the Syndicate to reserve one seat each for candidates involved in NCC, NSS, sports, scouts (rovers and rangers) and cultural activities. The university will prescribe the eligibility criteria for these seats from time to time. The council has also decided to set aside one seat for the children of Mangalore University staff according to the merit of these students.

In addition, there shall be one seat each reserved for students of Jammu and Kashmiri migrants as well as for a student from North-Eastern states. The council also ratified a decision to set aside 1% of the total intake for third gender students. The decision to reserve a seat for the NE states students was based on an idea mooted by P B Acharya, governor of Nagaland.

These additional seats will also be available in the constituent colleges of the university, namely University College in Mangaluru, and FMKMC College in Madikeri and the PG Centre at Chikkaluvara. The physically handicapped student quota, however, is not applicable for BPEd and MPEd degree programmes offered by the university, which has also done away with the provision of reserving a seat for students recommended by state/central government.

Vice-chancellor K Byrappa said the first priority will be for students from colleges affiliated to and the constituent colleges of the university. The seats include those in the general category and self-financing category, he said, adding if there are no takers from local students for reserved seats, the university will then make it available for students from other state universities and then for students from other states in that particular order.

Source: TOI, 23rd June 2015

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