The Supreme Court deserves all praise for declining to stay the Madras High Court judgment quashing the Tamil Nadu Government Order scrapping the common entrance test for admission to professional courses. Students in the State have already lost valuable time, besides undergoing tremendous mental agony. At least now, admissions should take place without further delay.

V.R. Rajamani, Chennai

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The Court has held that the policy of judging the relative merits of students with reference to the qualifying examination is fair and ensures equal opportunity. To bring rural poor students on a par with others, the policy makers should adopt measures that do not disturb the principle of equality of opportunity. To begin with, the Government can post trained teachers by attracting them with better salary and perks in rural schools.

V. Krishnan, San Diego, California

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The Supreme Court has rightly advised the Government to maintain status quo this year. The entrance test is an apt means to test the skills of students. The call to abolish it must be viewed in the context of the fact that even under the present tough system (perceived as anti-rural poor), only a very small percentage of graduates are found suitable for recruitment by leading industrial houses.

K.N. Ramani, Coimbatore

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