NEET 2017: Tamil Nadu students to get one year's exemption

NEET 2017: Tamil Nadu students to get one year's exemption

NEET 2017: Tamil Nadu students to get one year's exemption

Tamil Nadu will be given an exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses this year, union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

"There are 4,000 seats for which children are still waiting for clarity on admission process". Rural students face difficulty in getting admissions.

"If the Tamil Nadu government brings forward an ordinance seeking exemption for students of government colleges only just for a year, the Centre is prepared to consider it", she told the media in nearby Tambaram.

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Reacting to Sitaraman's statement, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabhaskar said the proposed ordinance would be handed over to the Central government on Monday morning by the state Health Secretary, who has left for Delhi in the evening as time was running out.

Earlier this month, the Health Minister had met the Prime Minister along with Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai requested for an NEET-exemption.Tamil Nadu had ended the practice of entrance examinations and granted admission to medical courses on the basis of the marks obtained by students in class 12. 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.

NEET, which was declared illegal and unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2013, was restored in April previous year, after a five-judge constitution bench recalled the earlier verdict and allowed the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to implement the common entrance test.

Lashing out at the Edappadi K. Palaniswami government, he said it had mortgaged the interests and rights of the state with the Centre and got licence only for corruption.

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