Thursday, November 12, 2009

RTI flaws Bangalore University seat allocation

Bangalore University (BU) authorities might claim that the recent counselling for various PG courses was transparent. But it appears to be far from truth. Sameena Taj, who scored 75.25 per cent in Bio-chemistry, was initially given a ranking of 234, which was then lowered to 261. Asked for explanation, officials said that after the first list was announced, BU called for correction from students and later published the final list, says her father Mohammed Iqbal who learned of it after filing an RTI. The reply to the RTI said there are 363 seats for MSc in Biochemistry. As per the Karnataka Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other Backward Classes (recruitment etc. reservation) Rule, 1990, 50 per cent of the seats are to be reserved for general category, 15 per cent for SC, three per cent for ST, four per cent for Cat-I, 15 per cent to Cat-2A, four per cent to Cat-2b, four per cent to 3A and five per cent to 3B category. However, the RTI revealed that BU clearly violated this rule while distributing the seats.

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