Pune-based association to conduct BEd, MEd CET on June 29

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Mumbai, May 12 (UNI) The Pune-based Vina Anudanit Adhyapak Mahavidyalaya Sansthachalak Association, the body of private unaided BEd and MEd colleges, will hold the Common Entrance Test (CET) for BEd and MEd courses for the academic year 2008-09 on June 29.

An announcement to this effect was made today by the Association's office bearer Dr Rauf Pathan, while talking to reporters at the Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh here. He was accompanied by executive committee member Parag Khandekar.

They said the Association had been conducting the CET for last four years continuously in the state, without any complaints.

However, then the Nav Maharashtra DEd&BEd CET Research Association, Thane sought permission from the Pravesh Niyantran Samiti (PNS), the regulatory body based in the city, to conduct the examination for BEd and MEd courses.

With this, the PNS, in a meeting on April 4, passed an order and asked both the Associations to come together and seek its permission again to conduct CET. However, unhappy with the PNS order, the Pune-based Association moved the Bombay High Court, which directed the PNS to select one of the organizations, they said.

Accordingly, the PNS granted permission to the Maharashtra Vinaanudan Adhyapak Mahavidyalaya Sansthachalak Association to conduct BEd and MEd CET for 2008-09. With this, it has started the process to conduct CET all over Maharashtra.

''It is a good move on part of PNS, as the Association stands for transparency. We want the future of the students secured and it will happen,'' said Prof Gajendra Ainapure, who is President of the Association, while hailing the decision in a release.

There are 183 unaided colleges in Maharashtra and the total number of seats is 18,300. The forms for the CET would be available from May 20. By the end of July, the new batches would start, they added.

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