Ranchi: The Standing Committee appointed by the state government in wake of Supreme Court directives to keep a tab on the admission process in engineering colleges of Jharkhand no longer holds control over its assigned responsibility.

The new notification issued by the State Science and Technology Department to grant admission to all the science students irrespective of their performance in the state level Joint Engineering Entrance Exam (JEEE) in the various private engineering institutes of the state has raised question marks on the functioning of Standing Committee.

As per the directives issued by the Apex Court, the committee has to chalk out the guidelines for conducting JEEE in the state. In 2009, the committee released its guideline for engineering examination under which the private colleges of the state had to register with Jharkhand Combined Entrance Examination.

It was also decided to fill the vacant seats on the basis of examination conducted by the All India Institute of Technical and Professional Institutes (AITPI).  According to the admission criteria set by the Committee the committee decided 50 percent cut of marks for general category students and 40 percent for SC/ST.

Despite lowering the cut of percent, the seats remained vacant in private engineering colleges. The colleges demanded to bring it further down to 30-25 percent. Colleges also filed petition in court insisting that AITPI cannot decide cut of marks for admission.

Meanwhile, the Science and Technology department cornered the standing committee and issued notification to admit all students irrespective of their performance in engineering examination.

JPN/Bureau