TAMIL NADU

Common Entrance Test begins

COIMBATORE, JULY 24 . The Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to engineering courses conducted by the Consortium of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in the State began today at the four examination centres coming under Western Tamil Nadu.

According to sources in the consortium, nearly 33,000 candidates had applied for the CET of which nearly 4,000 candidates were from Coimbatore region. The question papers were despatched from the Park College of Engineering Technology to other examination centres in Coimbatore.

The examinations are scheduled for today and tomorrow. The question paper boxes were opened in the presence of members of a committee appointed by the Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai, for overall supervision of the test. The answer papers are to be valued centrally in Chennai and the results are expected by August 5. The managements of private colleges where the examinations were held organised transportation for candidates and their parents.

CCC plea

Meanwhile, the Coimbatore Consumer Cause (CCC) has expressed concern over the lack of level playing field for students seeking admission on merit basis through the single window system of the Anna University.

In a memorandum to the Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Professional Colleges for Entrance Tests in Tamil Nadu and to the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, the president of CCC, C.R. Rajkanth, pointed out that classes had already begun for students who got admissions under the management quota in self-financing engineering colleges.

On the other hand, students seeking admission through the Anna University counselling were still waiting for the disposal of the litigation.

`Classes should

begin same day'

It would not be a level playing field, since these students would be foregoing their right to attend classes for nearly two months, he said.

He appealed to the Permanent Committee and the Anna University to ensure that the classes for the first year students began on the same day (both for the management quota students and those selected by the university).

If required, the Government should even seek legal recourse to render justice to the students waiting or admission on the basis of merit.

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