The admissions to Mumbai University(MU) have come to halt as minority students started protesting. In accordance with the initial official calendar as available on www.mu.ac.in, the first merit list was released on June 19 and for the first time in many years, no separate list for students belonging to the backward category was released in minority institutes. This came after Bombay high court passed an order in October 2017 which permitted minority institutions to get rid of separate quota for those from the reserved categories. The second merit list was scheduled for release on June 22.
Since past 18 years, religious and linguistic minority colleges offering BA, B. Com, BSc and other courses, had to distribute their seats between the open and reserved category applicants. St Xavier’s College and Maharashtra Association of Minority Educational Institutions, in a writ petition, had questioned its fairness, validity and constitutionality last year, following which, the HC ordered that the reservation of seats for candidates from backward class shall not be applicable to minority educational institutions under MU.
Several minority support groups met with the officials of the social justice department as well as the education department at Mantralaya and they were given assurance that the state will now file a special leave petition against the Bombay HC order in the SC.
An old SC order clearly states that reservation in education institutes cannot exceed 50%, so minority institutes are right in their demand. But the students and parents are anxious that another petition process in the SC might not only push back things further but might not really bring about an improvement.