Tamil Nadu to get one-year exemption from NEET

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the Centre was ready to exempt Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for one year if the state government promulgated an Ordinance.

Sitharaman said the exemption would be considered for students of government colleges only in the interest of rural students as admissions in private colleges were already over.

"There are 4,000 seats for which children are still waiting for clarity on admission process".

'Based on our interaction with the State, there is a difficulty for rural students in getting admission, ' she further added.

The state government had an opportunity to insist on Neet exemption and Cauvery Management Board in the Presidential elections.

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The state health minister Vijayabaskar confirmed that the state government would submit a draft ordinance in this regard to the Union government on Monday, August 14.

Two bills passed in the state assembly by the Palaniswami government for providing exemption from NEET for admission to medical courses are awaiting presidential assent.

Opposition parties including DMK Working President M.K. Stalin and TNCC President V. Thirunavukkarasar said the one-year exemption offer was an "eyewash" and wanted a permanent exemption from NEET for Tamil Nadu students. 90% students in Tamil Nadu comes from the State Board, which makes it hard for them to qualify the NEET as that is based on CBSE syllabus. Last NEET entrance exam (2017) was held on May 7 and results were declared on May 23. "The state has been seeking permission only for government-run colleges", VijayaBaskar said, according to The Times of India.

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