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No CET for TN students

In the season of sops, Tamil Nadu students have not been left out. The Jayalalithaa government on Friday scrapped the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to professional courses for students of the state education board ? a move aimed at wooing rural voters.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 04:40 IST

In the season of sops, Tamil Nadu students have not been left out. The Jayalalithaa government on Friday scrapped the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to professional courses for students of the state education board — a move aimed at wooing rural voters. The decision was announced during the Governor's address to the Assembly.

Students of other boards will have to take the CET for parity with the state board's system of evaluation, the government said.

The high court and the Supreme Court had struck down a similar move by the state government in June 2005 on the ground that it goes against guidelines of the Medical Council of India and the All India Council for Technical Education.

Now with the Centre bringing in the required amendments, the Tamil Nadu government has chosen to go ahead with the abolition, arguing it would mean less burden and trauma for students, especially those from the rural areas.

From now, marks obtained in the state board exams would form the basis for admission within the ambit of the reservations laws of the state. Tamil Nadu has close to 250 private engineering colleges and of late seats have gone a-begging due to a slump in demand as well as the poor quality of many of the colleges.

Legislation to implement the new provision would be passed in the present sitting of the house, which would be also its last before the state goes for elections in May this year.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 04:40 IST