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In a phased manner after gauging its success at various levels

Allegations against the system baseless: Baby

“May be introduced for Vocational Higher Secondary courses from next year”

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government will examine the possibility of introducing single-window system for admission to Vocational Higher Secondary (VHS) courses from next academic year, Education Minister M.A. Baby has said. Replying to questions in the Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Baby said the government would extend the system in a phased manner after gauging its success at various levels.

It was first introduced in the capital for Plus One admissions and then throughout the State. The allegations that the single-window system was creating hardships to the students were baseless.

Along with merit, a student was entitled to bonus marks on various counts and it had made the admission process easy and transparent. It also gave scope for a social auditing to find out whether the managements were admitting students as per the norms.

As many as 4,31,773 students qualified for admissions to Plus One courses. The government had increased 22,560 seats in government schools, 10,535 in aided schools and 14,060 in unaided schools. The total number of seats was 3,42.005 seats. There was no proposal to extend the single-window system for college admissions.

The government would examine the requests to open higher secondary schools in panchayats which do not have the facility. The government had got the report for reforming the entrance examinations for professional courses, he said.

Mr. Baby said in a written reply that 4,300 applications for duplicate copies of SSLC book, 3,500 applications for making corrections in the date of birth and 70 applications for making corrections in the name of candidates were pending at the Pareeksha Bhavan.

As many as 1,370 applications for duplicate books, 650 for correcting the date of birth and 375 applications for correcting names were being cleared every month, he said.

More Bengal rice

Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran said that in the event of a price rise, one rake of rice would be brought from West Bengal.

The government was planning to set up professional colleges in all Assembly segments in the cooperative sector. A project to set up 10,000 fair price markets in the State was pending with the Finance Department. Amendment to the Cooperative Act was on the anvil.

Interest-free loans for farmers would be given from this month-end. The report to form a development authority for Sabarimala on the lines of Tirupati was pending with the government.

Public Works Minister Mons Joseph said that 30 km of highways in the State would be converted into four-lane roads this year. Around 55 per cent work on the M.C. Road had been completed, he said. As many as 4,445 unauthorised constructions had been detected in panchayats and 3,238 in municipalities in the State.

About 121 cases were registered in panchayats, Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty said.