The Madras High Court on Friday ordered notice on a public interest litigation petition by the PMK seeking a direction to the Central and State Governments to conduct all All- India Common Entrance Examinations for admission to professional/technical courses in various Central Government institutions such as IITs and IIMs in Tamil also.

When the matter came up before a Division Bench comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and S.Palanivelu, counsel for the Union Government departments took notice and sought time for filing counter. The court ordered notice to the Tamil Nadu Government. The matter has been posted for further hearing after two weeks.

In the petition, G. K. Mani, president, PMK, said the Centre was conducting the examinations for admission to professional courses and 15 per cent of the seats in State Governments as the quota of Central Government. The offline examination for 2012-13 is scheduled for April 29 and online from May 7 to 26. It had been mentioned that the candidates could opt for question papers either in English or Hindi.

The petitioner said that students who had completed their higher secondary education in Tamil medium would be forced to appear for the examination either in English or Hindi which was against their right to equality. A majority of the students had a deep knowledge in the subjects through their mother tongue. Thus they would certainly lose their opportunity if the question paper was set in English and Hindi. This would amount to violation of natural justice and equal opportunity. In Tamil Nadu, the Centre should conduct the examination in Tamil also.

“A majority of students have a deep knowledge of subjects through mother tongue''

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