IIITs in a fix over HCs rural ruling.

About 3,000 students, who were selected for the prestigious IIITs in Basar, Nuzividu and Idupulapaya this year, are caught up in legal tangles and face the risk of losing an academic year.

Classes for these students were scheduled to begin from September 7, but the officials are not in a position even to give admissions for the selected students.

The fate of these students, who are SSC toppers and secured more than 550 marks out of 600, hangs in the balance more than three months after the SSC results were declared, while their counterparts with lower marks are happily pursing Intermediate courses in corporate and other private junior colleges.

IIITs have been facing legal problems since their inception in 2008, thanks to the hasty decisions and lack of vision of its administration.

For the third time in a row, the admission policy devised by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, which runs the IIITs, has got caught in legal controversies.

While it was the grading on the curve admission method that was controversial in the first year, it was taking the rural mandal as a unit that created problems in the second year and was struck down by the AP High Court. This year, the four per cent weightage for rural students was recently struck down by the court.

We have decided to file a petition in the HC seeking clarity on its judgement whether it is applicable from this year or from next year. We can go ahead after we get clarity from the court. We expect to get clarity by Monday, said Prof Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, RGUKT.

With the officials planning to challenge the HC orders by filing review petitions, students are worried about their future.

Source : DC

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