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    Math norm for MCA quashed

    The Madras High Court has quashed the AICTE criterion that studying mathematics during Plus 2 was mandatory for getting admission to the Master of Computer Applications (MCA) course.Justice VK Sharma, directed the authorities to accept the candidature of a BCA graduate who had studied computer science instead of mathematics during his Plus 2 course. Allowing the writ petition from P Suresh Kumar, the judge said the impugned eligibility condition rejected the right to education.The petitioner had written the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) for MCA admissions, but his result was withheld citing eligibility norms. The condition debarred a student with BCA degree, from consideration based on the classification that studying mathematics is mandatory at Plus 2.The court found the condition was also violative of Article.14 of the Constitution as it made artificial classification between similarly situated persons, i.e. BCA/B.Sc. graduates from the same university, who had studied together.