Mumbai: This year, for the first time, the government had decided to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for five-year and three-year LLB courses, and conduct admissions through the CAP. But, according to officials the initial time-table was revised multiple times due to numerous administrative and legal hurdles.
According to an official, the troubles for the state CET Cell started early this year when the company selected through competitive bidding process, to conduct the CET and CAP, backed out. “The company had never conducted a CAP before, and hence they asked for 75 days to develop their system. We didn’t have that much time,” he said. The tenders were floated in December last year.
After the bidders backed out, the state decided to give the contract to conduct the CET and CAP to the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, a public trust which had conducted entrance examinations and admissions for technical courses in previous years, and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), respectively.
Uncertainty prevailed over the fate of the examinations, after petitions questioning the legality of examinations were filed in courts. At least two other petitions were filed by students in Bombay High Court, one of them before Aurangabad bench of HC, pleading cancellation of Law CET. “There was a feeling that the court might cancel Law CET. So, what is the point in conducting it?” said the official.
The deadline for CET registration was extended twice, as many students from rural areas couldn’t apply on time.
While, despite the initial hurdles, the government managed to conduct LLB CETs, there was a delay in displaying the merit list. “We had the merit list ready on the day results were declared, but we couldn’t display it because many students had selected wrong categories while registering for the examination. We gave them an opportunity to rectify the mistakes,” said the official.
The government is yet to begin the admission process for the two courses, as currently it is in the process of compiling the database of the participating colleges. According to officials, the registration process for colleges began late due to delay in granting approval to the by Bar Council of India (BCI).
The admissions have been further deferred after BCI found that around 40 colleges in the state don’t meet its norms. The colleges have been asked to apply again after meeting the norms.