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Provides for students of other boards to write CET

TNOU Bill to enable Vice-Chancellor to be eligible for reappointment introduced Sales Tax Bill to replace notification under TNGST Act introduced Ceiling on annual contribution of religious institutions raised

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Regulation of Admission in Professional Courses Bill, 2006, to do away with common entrance test (CET) for students of the Tamil Nadu State Board (TNSB) stream was introduced in the Assembly on Saturday. It also provided for students of other boards such as the Central Board of Secondary Education to write the CET based on the TNSB syllabus.

Introducing the Bill, Education Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam said the CET had become a traumatic experience for parents and children, as it appeared to determine at one stroke the future of the child.

"The Plus Two examination itself is a serious examination of merit casting a high burden on students. With the tremendous expansion in educational facilities in the State, the opportunities for students in professional courses have been substantially enhanced."

"The Plus Two examination is itself an entrance test to get admitted to a higher level course and admission to professional courses. This obviates the need for any separate common test thereafter as an additional burden on the students."

As the State Government's efforts to abolish the CET for the academic year 2005-2006 "did not find favour of the courts", he said that keeping in view the All-India Council for Technical Education and the Medical Council of India guidelines, the Government thought further "to find a solution and work out a remedy which would suit everyone."

Purpose of CET

The whole purpose of the CET was to equate different streams of school final education to one category, the Bill said adding that this could be easily achieved by having one set of school final syllabus as basis and make the students from the non-State Board to take up the CET on the TNSB syllabus.

The Tamil Nadu Open University (Amendment) Bill, 2006, introduced by Mr. Shanmugam was aimed at enabling the Vice-Chancellor to be eligible for reappointment for a further period of three years, besides enabling the Syndicate to make requisite arrangements for exercising the powers and performing the current duties of the Vice-Chancellor, whenever temporary vacancy occurred in the his office.

The Minister also moved the Thiruvalluvar University (Amendment) Bill, 2006, to enable the Vice-Chancellor to be eligible for a further period of three years.

The Tamil Nadu General Sales Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2006, was introduced to replace the Government's notification under the Tamil Nadu General Sales Tax Act, 1959, to reduce the rate of Sales Tax from the dual rates of 16 and 24 per cent to 14 per cent on cement of all grades.

The Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (Amendment) Bill, 2006, moved by the Minster for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments P.C. Ramasamy was aimed at raising the ceiling of the annual contribution of every religious institution from 11 per cent to 12 per cent, in view of the increase in payment of salary and allowances to officers and servants including executive officers.