Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy told the Assembly on Monday that Lieutenant Governor Bhopinder Singh had sought a few clarifications on the Government Order to scrap the Common Entrance Test for admission to professional courses. The order was awaiting the approval of the Lt. Governor.

Puducherry Munnetra Congress MLA N. Anand, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MLA S.P. Sivakumar, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MLA A. Anbalagan and Pattali Makkal Katchi MLA R.K.R. Anantharaman raised the issue in the Assembly during zero hour.

Mr. Anbalagan said the government should have brought in a law to abolish the entrance test. Mr. Sivakumar said that earlier the admissions to professional courses were based on 50 per cent of marks secured in Standard XII and 50 per cent of marks from the entrance test. Through this, more students from the rural areas had obtained admission, he added.

However, the Chief Minister said the government was taking steps to obtain the approval for the order.