Special Correspondent

The date of the examinations will be announced later "No decision has yet been taken about having a single window system"

CHENNAI: The Justice S.S. Subramani committee has permitted the Consortium of Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for admissions to management quota seats for MBA/MCA courses offered by unaided colleges in the State. Justice Subramani, who chairs the official committee to supervise the conduct of the CET for admissions to the unaided professional colleges, and other committee members met the Consortium representatives here on Friday. Later he told newspersons that the consortium had been permitted to hold the CET. The date of the examinations would be announced later.

As for the mode of admissions, Justice Subramani said no decision had yet been taken about holding a single window system.

The Consortium representatives said they presented to the Chairman, copies of judgments of the Supreme Court concerning post-graduate course admissions, which "were a separate category on their own, as different from undergraduate (BE/B.Tech of MBBS/BDS) admissions".

Answering a question, Mr. Justice Subramani reiterated that BE/B.Tech admissions would be made only through the single window system. However, the other details including surrender of seats by the private colleges were being worked out.

Committee members, when queried by presspersons, stated that the government was still discussing the issue of reducing the qualifying marks for engineering admissions.

The Higher Education Minister had last Tuesday stated that the government had received a request for a five per cent reduction in the qualifying marks. Right now, OC candidates require 60 per cent marks in the three key subjects, namely Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry; BC candidates an aggregate of 55, MBC candidates 50 per cent and a SC/SC candidates a pass in Plus Two.