Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A Tamil Nadu Government order abolishing entrance test for admission to law degree courses has been challenged in the Madras High Court.

In his petition, Bagyaraj of Pudukuppam, Alamathi, Chennai, submitted that the process to admit students through an entrance examination to law courses was followed for the past 24 years. By adopting such a system, irregularities and favouritism were avoided.

For this academic year, the Government has issued an order abolishing the common entrance test for admission to B.L. (Regular) - 5 years, B.L. (Hons.) - 5 years and B.L. - 3 year courses. The order said the criteria for admission would be percentage of marks obtained by candidates in the qualifying examinations for all subjects, excluding languages.

Under the guise of "policy decision," the Government had abolished the entrance examination for law courses without seeking the opinion of anyone.

A student with any degree could apply for a law course. The normalisation scheme which was the basis for admission to M.B.B.S. and B.E. courses did not hold good in the selection of students for the B.L. course.

The Government Order violated the principles of equity, justice and fair play, the petitioner submitted and prayed for declaring the impugned G.O. as void, illegal and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution and direct the respondents to restore the earlier system of selecting candidates.

The Secretary, Law (Legal Studies), Tamil Nadu, and the Registrar of Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University were among those cited as respondents.