Bombay HC Asks If ICSE, CBSE Can Have A Separate CET Syllabus

Bombay High Court directs the state to inform them if a separate syllabus for ICSE and CBSE students, looking to give the CET can be made.

Bombay HC Asks If ICSE, CBSE Can Have A Separate CET Syllabus

On Thursday, the Bombay High Court ordered the state to apprise them if a separate syllabus for ICSE and CBSE students can be curated if they wish to appear for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for junior college admissions in Maharashtra.

It also questioned that if the said cannot be undertaken, the condition to prioritize those students who will appear for the CET will be revoked by the state. The bench orally also stated how in the face of it, the state cannot decide the syllabus for students who haven’t passed from the said board. Thus, individual boards should be allowed to decide their syllabus, state reports.

The court now awaits replies from the two boards and no stay is ordered for now.

This comes in when an ICSE student, approached the HC to curtail the May 28 GR that enunciated how junior college admission will be based on CET which is solely on the SSC syllabus. Her father, who is an advocate contended that this order is discriminatory since there are students from other boards in the state too and that the exam appeases only those who seek admissions in revered colleges.

To this, the state advocates responded on how the CET was introduced since the circumstances were novel as no Class 10 board exams were conducted. According to reports, the advocates voiced how students can enrol at junior colleges in the respective boards.

The bench of Justices Ramesh Dhanuka and Riyaz Chagla asked for replies from the ICSE and CBSE boards, considering that the CET is scheduled for 21 August, with the next hearing on 28 July for the state to respond, no interim relief will be warranted, mentioned reports.   

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