Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Students Federation of India (SFI) has demanded that the Government ban the separate entrance tests for professional courses planned by the managements of private self-financing colleges.

A press note issued here on Sunday said the association of self-financing nursing college managements had on June 10 issued advertisements in newspapers about a separate entrance examination. This is a move aimed at subverting merit in admissions. This examination, where a candidate who has given money in advance to the managements emerges on top of the rank list, is an example of crass commercialisation of education, the press note said.

The previous UDF Government that was "partners in this commercialisation of education" had given all possible support to such entrance examinations and had "soaked in blood" the protests by student organisations.

Now that there has been a change in the Government firm steps should be taken to check such entrance examinations and to ensure that all admissions are made only from the rank list prepared by the Government, the SFI has written to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister.

Meanwhile, the All India Democratic Students' Organisation (AIDSO), in a press note issued here has termed as cheating, the Government move to "sell 50 per cent of seats in self-financing colleges to the managements and to sell the other 50 per cent through reservation."

A resolution adopted by the State council meeting of the organisation has termed the proposal for a new law part of the ``secret moves'' to bury the concept of merit in admissions to professional colleges. If at all a new law is made, it should state that 100 per cent of the seats in professional colleges should only be in the merit category, the press note said. The LDF should not implement the UDF slogan of "50-50", the press note said. The State council meeting was chaired by AIDSO State president M. Shajar Khan, the press note added.