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    THE Supreme Court’s refusal to stay a high court order quashing the 4.5 per cent minority sub- quota will seriously affect over 40 per cent of the students shortlisted for counselling by the IITs under this category.

    According to sources at IIT Delhi, the first 175 to 190 rankers out of the total 325 minority students — mostly Muslims — will get a seat. In other words, anything between 42 to 47 per cent of the shortlisted minority candidates — who were earlier assured of a berth — may lose their chance of entering the IITs.

    The first round of allotment however, is yet to be announced as the IITs are already two days behind schedule. According to the Joint Entrance Examination ( JEE) counselling brochure, the announcement should have been made by 9am on Thursday, that is June 14.

    The delay has been attributed to software problems. According to Avinash Mahajan, JEE chairman at IIT Bombay, the first round of allotment will be announced by Saturday afternoon. He, however, refused to comment on the chances of minority students securing a seat following the apex court’s refusal to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court judgment.

    Meanwhile, the minority candidates have been on the edge about their fate. “I called the JEE office and was told that the first allotment will be announced before Sunday,” said Adil Ali Nirban (18), who was ranked 290 in the minority category and 3,426 in the overall OBC category.

    Earlier under the proposed 4.5 per cent sub-quota under the OBC reservation, 441 seats were reserved by the IITs for minorities. But the number of candidates fell severely short and only 325 were called for counselling, which practically assured them of a course and IIT of choice.

    But with the Andhra Pradesh High Court striking down the sub- quota on May 28 and the SC not staying the order, the fate of these students became uncertain.

    The sub- quota has now been merged back into the OBC quota and the minority students have had to compete for seats along with other OBC candidates, which meant that their chances of getting a course or IIT of choice or securing admission at all is difficult unless their rank in the overall OBC category is good.

    Source: Mail Today