Panel recommends steps to abolish CET

A panel of experts on Monday recommended measures to abolish the Common Entrance Test for professional courses in Tamil Nadu from next year. The state government will now introduce a bill in the Winter Session of the state Assembly to scrap CET.

Dr Anandakrishnan, former Vice Chancellor of Anna University, who headed the panel of experts, met Chief Minister M. Karunandhi and submitted his report.
The CET issue had become controversial with the Jayalalithaa Government abolishing the test twice during its tenure. The Madras High Court, however, restored CET the last time it was scrapped. The Supreme Court also upheld that decision.
If CET is indeed abolished then students passing out of Plus Two need not appear for another exam to enter professional courses like they did in the past. Their eligibility for the professional courses will be decided on the basis of their Plus Two marks alone.
Under the AICTE Act, CET is mandatory for students to enter professional courses. However, if a new Bill is passed, it can override the AICTE Act.
It is believed that city students have an edge over students in rural areas if both of them were to appear for CET. Students in the city have easy access to elite coaching centers, which gives them an unfair advantages over those in villages, it is thought. If CET is scrapped, students in cities are put on a par with those in villages.

3 Comments so far

  1. prabhu (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

    In a way it is a good news to the rural students, but it should be made sure there wont be any confusions like the previous year.

    I personally know about a school in Rasipuram. A minimum of 100 plus2 students are getting medical seats every year from that school. Their coaching is that vigorus. As expected they charge a huge sum too.
    But again, i treat this as another kind of reservation(but this is far better approach than the % system) Instead of bringing up coaching centers like the one in rasipuram, the govt is going ahead to scrap the CET.

    This is similar to approach approach of the police raid on the bars recently. No one knows what happend to the guy’s who ran over their car on that callcenter girl. Instead of punishhing those who act criminally, a social get-together place has been raided!
    there are many more examples.. the sad story is to continue for some time..

  2. nandhu (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    the guys who ran over stephanie – i am not sure she was in a call centre – were convicted recently by a court. so that’s what happened to them.

    yes, the coaching centres in the namakkal-rasipuram area have been accused of cause trauma for students. wish parents didnt have a do or die approach to their kids’ career.

  3. sj (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 5:05 am

    Abolishing the CET is fantastic, they should also abolish the government policy of making it compulsory for states in India to learn Hindi as part of there curriculum. No other country in the world has this problem, and its funny that a school called Kendriya Vidyalaya which is in Madurai has just know begun teaching Tamil to students as they have fought to have it taught. While Hindi and Sanskrit is taught as mentioned at

    This is an outrage schools like this should not be allowed to open if they are not willing to teach the local language where they are residing . I mean Tamilians could not setup a school in Delhi and not teach Hindi there would be an uproar about this so why the double standards of the goverment here another example of the Hindian movement.

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