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The Supreme Court has sought a response from the Tamil Nadu govt on a petition seeking revival of the Common Entrance Test (CET), abolished last year, for admissions to professional courses in the state for academic session 2008-09. A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan issued a notice to the state government on a petition challenging the Madras High Court verdict upholding the Tamil Nadu law abolishing the CET. The High Court while doing away with the Test paved the way for a new method of admissions based on marks secured in class XII examinations. The High Court on 27th April last year had upheld the 'Tamil Nadu Admissions in Professional Educational Institutions Act 2006', which abolished the CET, by dismissing a petition against it. The High Court had observed that the impugned law was to prevent harassment of students in securing admissions to professional colleges.
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