GUWAHATI: Students who had recently cleared their Class-XII final examinations from the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) are facing an uncertain future following the State Government's move to reserve 75% of seats in various degree courses of the government and provincialized colleges for the students of the AHSEC (Assam Higher Secondary Education Council).
"The government has decided that 75% of seats in the degree courses of the government and provincialized colleges shall be reserved for the students of AHSEC; and hence, you are requested to take necessary action accordingly," read the latest letter from the DHE (Director of Higher Education), Dharma Kanta Mili, to the State universities and colleges.
"The majority of leading schools in Guwahati are affiliated to CBSE. Students from these schools have secured excellent results in the Class-XII final examinations. The pass percentage is also unprecedented this time. In the recent years, nearly 50% of the applications to leading colleges were from the CBSE passouts. If the colleges follow the State Government's directive to reserve 75% of seats for the AHSEC passouts, many deserving CBSE students will be deprived from getting admission in colleges," pointed out a source in the Assam College Teachers' Association.
A teacher at Don Bosco School, Pan Bazar, said that those who have passed out from the CBSE are also students from Assam. He also said that the government's directive is discriminatory in nature.
A directive has also been issued to educational institutions to accommodate 20% more students in the UG (under-graduate)-level by increasing the seat capacities. "The Education Department has decided to enhance the seat capacity of the UG-level courses in the institutions by 20%, hence you are requested to accommodate the enhancement by considering admission for the day and the evening shifts,"stated the letter from DHE.