The bill was passed unanimously in the budget session of the assembly
By Sai Charan
The Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly has adopted a bill which seeks to provide 7.5 % reservation in admissions to State government school students for various undergraduate courses, on Thursday.
Reservation in professional courses includes agriculture, engineering, veterinary, fisheries, law and other professional programmes offered in universities, private colleges, government-aided and government colleges.
Students who have studied in state government schools from Class 6 to 12 are eligible to avail this reservation. Introducing and speaking on the bill Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said that this affirmative action is to bring real equality between students who studied in government schools and in private schools.
According to The Hindu the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill stated “Though education is important to all students for their enrichment in knowledge and to lead a reasonable and meaningful life, the students from Government schools forming a distinct class require more attention of the State for preferential treatment in higher education compared to the students of private schools, who are provided with better environment, different and conducive atmosphere in pursuing their education”.
ஓய்வுபெற்ற நீதியரசர் திரு. த. முருகேசன் அவர்கள் தலைமையிலான ஆணையம் பரிந்துரைத்தபடி, மருத்துவம் போன்றே, பிற இளநிலைத் தொழிற்கல்விப் படிப்புகளுக்கான சேர்க்கையிலும் அரசுப் பள்ளி மாணவர்களுக்கு 7.5% முன்னுரிமையின் அடிப்படையில் ஒதுக்கீடு வழங்குவதற்கான சட்டமுன்வடிவினை அறிமுகம் செய்தேன். pic.twitter.com/SZt4S8ZI8t— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 26, 2021
This bill was introduced based on a report by Retired Judge D Murugesan committee. On 15th June 2021 the DMK Government constituted this committee to look into the poor representation of government school students in professional courses. The committee included officials from the higher education ministry of the state, bureaucrats and educational experts.
The committee submitted its report on 21st June 2021 and recommended that reservation of not less than 10% can be provided for government school students in professional courses. However the government decided to implement 7.5% reservation considering various social-economic factors.
Passing of the bill
After the introduction of the bill, CM Stalin requested all the parties in the assembly to vote in favour of the bill. The bill was adopted unanimously by the assembly. Speaking on the bill, Leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami welcomed the government’s move and said that, as the principle opposition party in the assembly AIADMK will work constructively with the government in issues related to larger public interest.
A Clarification was made by Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi, that the reservation for government school students would not be applicable in deemed universities.
Last year, the previous AIADMK government had introduced a 7.5% horizontal reservation to government school students who cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses including MBBS.
The assembly also passed the demand for grants on the budget related to school and higher education ministries. AIADMK members staged a walkout of the assembly related to the issue of naming a higher education institute.
The previous AIADMK government named a college in Villupuram district in the memory of former Tamilnadu CM and AIADMK supremo J.Jayalaithaa. The new DMK government led by Stalin has dropped her name and the college was made to function as an affiliated institution under Annamalai University, Chidambaram.
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