NEET 2017: Government not likely to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET exam
The central government would not exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET exam. Tamil Nadu government had asked the centre to exempt the students from the state from appearing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to get admission into medical and dental colleges in the state for MBBS and BDS states. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had earlier urged the HRD minister to exempt NEET. K Palaniswami also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Tamil Nadu on February 27 to discuss about National-Eligibility-cum-Entrance-Test (NEET).
One of the suggestions by the Prime Minister was that the state government will also consider organizing special coaching facilities for students from the weaker sections of the society. This was in response to Palaniswami’s argument that the state law is required to get the Centre’s support. As bulk of students appearing for the examination come from rural areas, and due to not so good economic conditions will find that they do not have access to coaching classes to get themselves prepared for the NEET examination.
Supreme Court in a verdict in the year 2016 said that a uniform entrance test for admission to medical courses, examination will be held by the Central Board of School Education for undergraduate courses and by the National Board of Examinations for postgraduate courses. The state-run institutions were exempted from the examination last year, but the honourable Supreme Court said it would be mandatory for 2017. Many political parties in Tamil Nadu were also hopeful of seeking the Centre’s nod and the presidential assent for the two bills passed unanimously in the state Assembly. The state had decided to continue the present admission procedure to MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of the marks obtained in the higher secondary examination (Class XII). The state will admit students based on an entrance examination for postgraduate admissions.