Reconsider college's minority status plea: HC

The High Court on Monday quashed the order of the State government on a petition by a private medical college in Shimoga which sought minority status.

The petitioner, Tadikela Subbaiah Trust, which runs the Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences, had submitted a memorandum for linguistic minority status on May 2, 2012, under a provision of the State government dated April 17, 1999.

The college notified 25 per cent (38 seats) out of its allocated 150 seats as government seats as per the norms for minority institutions for the year 2012-13, hoping to get the minority status.

But the Higher Education Department on July 8, 2013, recommended rejection of the memorandum. It also passed an order the next day. The department demanded that the college return 82 of the 150 seats as per the seat matrix to the government, including 22 backlog seats, for 2012-13.

But the college moved the High Court, contending that although it furnished all the required materials for the minority status, its request was rejected by the department even though two other colleges were granted the status on the same grounds.

The department submitted that the college had not furnished details of students admitted as linguistic minority. It also said the institution had agreed to surrender the required number of seats the next academic year if it failed to get the minority status.

Justice A S Bopanna quashed the recommendation dated July 8, 2013, and the order dated July 9, 2013, and referred the matter to the department for reconsidering the memorandum.

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