Candidates who took the Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET) on February 21 can get a scanned copy of the optical mark recognition (OMR) sheet by submitting applications to Mother Terasa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, which conducts the test. This provision was not mentioned when the university gave the notification for the test on January 20.
However, decks are yet to be cleared for the conduct of the test.
The TNSET is conducted for only 25 subjects; many were left out. Hence, cases were filed before the Madras high court’s principal seat and its Madurai bench against conducting the TNSET on various grounds, including lack of transparency, not allowing candidates to take question booklets and carbon copy of the OMR sheet, collection of exorbitant examination fees and not giving sufficient time for preparations.
When the cases before the principal seat came up for hearing before Justice R Subbiah on Wednesday, special government pleader B Pugalendhi, who appeared on behalf of the university, argued that the university had made a proposal to the UGC to conduct tests for over 100 subjects, but the UGC shortlisted 25. He said 60,000 candidates had applied for the SET, which is conducted just two months after the UGC’ NET (National Eligibility Test), that took place on December 27 last year. The SET’ syllabus is similar to that of NET. Thus, there was no need to give more time for preparations. Besides, he assured the court that the university would ensure transparency in providing a scanned copy of the OMR sheet to candidates who make a request.
Following this, Justice R Subbiah reserved his orders on Wednesday and dismissed the cases the next day.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the case filed before the Madurai bench of the Madras high court was up for hearing on Friday.