Govt. seeks to increase the number of govt. schoolchildren in professional classes
The government of Tamil Nadu led by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday appointed an 11-member commission to recommend measures to increase the representation of students from the state’s public schools in professional courses (other than medicine), if their admission to such programs is not adequate.
The commission, which will be headed by the retired Delhi High Court Judge Judge D. Murugesan, will examine the socio-economic conditions of public school students, the disadvantages they experience, if any, and their past enrollment in various vocational courses / educational institutions. . He will submit his report to the government in a month.
“If the above issues have led to their under-representation, [the panel will] suggest corrective measures to improve the representation of students of state public schools in admission to professional courses such as engineering / agriculture / veterinary medicine / fisheries / law, etc.
The panel will assess and analyze the reasons why fewer public school students are admitted to these professional courses at reputable public and self-funded universities and colleges.
Besides Mr. Murugesan, Secretaries of Higher Education, Livestock, Dairy, Fisheries and Fishermen’s Welfare, Health Education and Family Welfare, Education School, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department and Legal Departments, Registrar of Anna University and Secretary of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission are the other members. The Directorate of Technical Education will be its member secretary.
The government’s move follows representations from various sections, which said the number of public school students in such vocational courses at reputedly self-funded universities and public colleges has been low in recent years. They further requested that their representation in these courts in these institutions be improved.
The government earlier this month formed a high-level committee to study the impact of NEETs on medical admissions. If this is the case, the panel has been tasked with proposing “fair and equitable methods”.
The former AIADMK government had enacted a law to provide a 7.5% reservation to public school students in medical admissions in Tamil Nadu based on their NEET scores.