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SC asks TN to add seats for non-quota students

The Supreme Court has added another layer to the reservation policies in the country's educational institutions. On Monday, it gave relief to general category students of Tamil Nadu when it directed the state government to create additional seats in educational institutions so that students from this category did not suffer because of the 69 per cent quota applicable in the state.    

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Mishra asked the state government to take steps to increase seats in educational institutions, as students with 99 per cent marks were not being able to get admission in medical and engineering colleges.

Ten student petitioners from Tamil Nadu had approached the court after failing to secure admission to a medical college despite having secured 198 marks out of a total of 200. They had said that reservation exceeding 50 per cent in educational institutions and government jobs was in contravention to the mandate of the apex court judgement in this matter.

Tamil Nadu has 69 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs since 1994 for the backward classes, most backward classes, Scheduled Tribes and Schedules Castes, which is higher than the 49.5 per cent limit applicable in other parts of the country. The cut-off limit was validated through an act passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly.
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