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Withdrawal of notification issued by CET Cell sought

Old system of considering PU marks also should continue, says H.K. PatilOtherwise Pre-University Course will become irrelevantNew system will be detrimental to rural students

Bangalore: Acting Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil has demanded the withdrawal of the notification issued by the Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell last month. The system of determining merit on the basis of marks obtained in the pre-university examination and the CET for admission to medical and dental courses should continue, he said.

In the notification, the cell has said, "This year, the merit list of candidates for admission to medical and dental courses will be determined only on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in physics, chemistry and biology subjects in the CET." Criticising the departure from the practice hitherto, Mr. Patil said determining merit only on the basis of CET marks will be detrimental to students from rural areas.

For ayurveda, homoeopathy, unani, naturopathy and yoga as well as engineering, the merit list will be determined on the basis of marks obtained in the respective optional subjects in the qualifying examination and the CET (50 per cent of total marks in each). These changes are uncalled for, Mr. Patil said and asked why the Government is making the Pre-University Course irrelevant.

Unlike the qualifying examinations, the CET does not have a prescribed syllabus based on which students taking the teat are evaluated. About 2,540 pre-university colleges employing 16,180 teaching and 5,819 non-teaching staff will become irrelevant if the new system is followed, he said.

The importance attached to marks secured by candidates in the CET alone will further widen the urban-rural divide. It will result in the mushrooming of CET coaching centres in cities catering only to the well to do. Rural students would suffer and feel frustrated.

The Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India does not prohibit considering marks obtained in the qualifying examination and the CET for preparing the merit list. Even courts have not ruled against the practice, Mr. Patil said, adding that the Opposition might have to think of measures to convince the Government to retrace its steps.

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