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CET for medical courses on TNPCEE model

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE 14. The Permanent Committee headed by the retired judge, S.S. Subramani, today permitted the Tamilnadu Private Professional Colleges Association-Health Sciences (TNPPCA-HS) to conduct a common entrance test (CET) for medical/para-medical colleges for filling management quota seats.

The CET, modelled after the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examinations and based on the State government syllabus, should be completed before June 25. The results should be published within 10 days.

Mr Subramani told newspersons here that admissions should be made only on the basis of the merit list opted for by the colleges (the TNPCEE or the CET of the association) and by following counselling under the single-window system in Chennai alone, under the committee's supervision.

There would be separate counselling depending on the option exercised or deemed exercised by the colleges. Even for colleges, which opted for the TNPCEE, the single-window system of counselling and admission would apply.

The committee rejected representations from the Tamil Nadu Indian System of Medicine and Homoeopathy - Self-Financing Medical Colleges Association and the Tamilnadu Dental Colleges Association, which had also sought permission for holding a CET.

The TNPPCA-HS had filed documents to substantiate its claim that it represented more than 115 of the 149 private medical and para-medical colleges in the State, said Mr. Subramani.

The management had sought permission to fill half the management quota seats with wards of the management committee members, faculty members and alumni. Quoting from judgments, he said no quota was possible except what was provided under Tamil Nadu's reservation laws.

The committee had accepted the association's submission that counselling under the single-window system be done for different courses simultaneously and not one after another. So parallel counselling for medical and dental courses would be done as one group; the Indian system and homoeopathy as a second group and all para-medical courses as a third group.

The committee, Mr. Subramani said, had sympathetically considered the association's demand for providing a reasonable percentage of seats to foreign nationals and non-resident Indians. The MGR Medical University and the University Grants Commission's regulations had provisions to admit such students. But the committee's jurisdiction was limited to matters set out by the Supreme Court in the Islamic Academy case. So it recommended to the government that the number of NRI/foreign students be fixed accordingly.

For filling lapsed seats (after counselling is completed) the association could approach the Supreme Court for directions.

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