Special Correspondent

Normalisation of marks will take care of different streams of examinations: V.T. Gopalan

CHENNAI: A Division Bench of the Madras High Court, hearing a batch of petitions against the abolition of common entrance test (CET) for admissions to professional courses this year, reserved its orders on Wednesday.

The Bench comprising Justices Prafulla Kumar Misra and J.A.K. Sampathkumar reserved the orders, after Additional Solicitor-General of India V.T. Gopalan submitted that normalisation of marks would take care of different streams of examinations in Tamil Nadu, and that the objective did not run counter to any Central legislation. Though the CET had been abolished, its objectives still remained, and the effect of the abolition was set off by the normalisation system.

Narrating the principles governing the process of Presidential assent, Mr. Gopalan said it was not an idle or empty formality. He said various departments and Ministries concerned with the issue were asked to assess the legislation before it was forwarded to the President for assent.

A State Government was not "denuded" of its power to make an enactment merely because there was a Central legislation in operation, he said. There was no impingement of any Central statute or dilution of the prescribed standards.

The Additional Solicitor-General said the earlier Division Bench orders were not applicable now, in view of the changed scenario, and said if need be the present Bench could refer the case to a Full Bench.

Earlier, Ravi Varma Kumar, senior counsel for the Pattali Makkal Katchi, said this year, students had been informed all along that there would be no CET. To go back on the assurance at this stage, and asking them to write a CET would be unfair, he said, adding that the normalisation scheme should get a chance to prove itself. The Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act 2006 was brought forth under compelling situations, as was evident from the fact that successive Governments tried to do away with the CET, he contended.