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SC dismisses plea of TN self-financing teaching institutes Hopes of over 5,000 aspiring teachers, studying in various self-financing institutes of Tamil Nadu to appear in state government-conducted Teachers Training exams 2007-2008 were today dashed as the Supreme Court rejected a plea on the matter. A bench of Justices B N Aggrawal and G S Singhvi dismissed an application filed by All India Private Educational Institution Association questioning the validity of a notification issued by the state government fixing the cut-off date for deciding the candidates' eligibility to appear at the exams. As per the cut-off date fixed by the government only those candidates who took admission these institutions prior to June 2007 were eligible to appear in the exam. But about 60-odd institutes imparting training for the teachers course reportedly enrolled students even after the expiry of the cut-off date. The state government on its part disqualified those students, who took admission after June 2007, from appearing in the exam. The association a conglomerate of the aggrieved institutes challenged the restriction imposed by the State before the Madras High Court which dismissed their plea following which they filed the special leave petition before the apex court. In the apex court, the association pleaded that the State Government's decision would affect the lives of 5,000 students and the state be directed to conduct supplementary exams for the aggrieved candidates. However, the State opposed the plea on the ground that it would affect the academic schedule of the 40,000 candidates of the recognised institutes. Agreeing with the State's contention, the apex court said it would not interfere with the stipulations fixed by the Government and accordingly dismissed the plea for an interim relief sought by the self-financing institutes.
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