Entrance exam for professional courses abolished

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Puducherry, Apr 4: The administration has abolished the entrance examination for admission to professional courses in the union territory this year, Education Minister M O H F Shajahan told the Legislative Assemby today.

Replying to a calling attention motion tabled by Mr A Anbazhagan (AIADMK), Mr R Siva (DMK), Mr S P Sivakumar (DMK) and Mr R K R Anantharaman (PMK), Mr Shajahan said the Tamil Nadu Government had already abolished the entrance examinations (EE) through a legislation.

The enactment of a law here would give legal protection and none can move the court. However, if the administration had to introduce a Bill, it would have to get the President's assent which would be time consuming, he said and sought the opinion of the members.

With several members insisting on abolishing the examinations, Mr Shajahan made the announcement.

Earlier, moving calling attention motion, the members pointed out the demand was long pending with all the people in the union territory favouring the abolition and admitting students on the basis of marks secured in SSLC and HSC examinations.

They wondered why the Union Territory, which followed Tamil Nadu in all aspects, was reluctant to take the decision which had already been implemented by the government there.

Entrance examination would deprive rural students a chance to pursue higher education,they contended.


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