Expressing reservations on Centre’s proposed Common Entrance Test for technical education, PMK founder Ramadoss today asked Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to take up the matter strongly with the Centre.
Citing reports about the Medical Council of India’s decision to implement the CET for medical courses, Dr. Ramadoss said the system would only benefit urban students.
“This will allow backdoor entry of the CET in the State which was abolished a few years back in the interest of rural students. Further, it will also act against the State government’s 69 percent reservation concept,” he said in a statement here.
He said despite the presence of an IIT in Chennai, more students from other States joined its courses, thanks to a national level entrance exam. If a CET for medical courses as per the proposal of MCI was introduced, it will result in a similar situation in medical education also in the State, he said.
Urging Mr. Karunanidhi to act fast on the issue, Dr. Ramadoss suggested that the Chief Minister could convene an all-party meeting to discuss the situation and if need be, lead an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to convey Tamil Nadu’s concerns.