Tamil Nadu to get one-year exemption from NEET

Joanna Estrada
August 13, 2017

He said that students of Tamil Nadu should be strengthened academically so that there would be no recurrence of demand for exemption from NEET.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Centre will cooperate with Tamil Nadu if it brings an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET for government colleges for one year. Due to the fact that the National Eligibility Cum Entrance test based on the pattern of CBSE, students who have topped the state Board exam were unable to crack the NEET examination.

In a statement, Dr. Ramadoss said the main issues related to Tamil Nadu such as creation of the Cauvery Management Board and NEET could have been solved during presidential polls.

Nirmala Sithraman also agreed Tamil Nadu's data that rural students seeking medical admissions found very hard to crack NEET. This made it hard for the topper students who score higher marks in state board to counter the CBSE patterned NEET exam. The state demanding for the exception to help the rural students in getting admissions.

Responding to her remarks, state Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said an ordinance in this regard would be submitted to the Centre tomorrow morning. On August 3, for the second time in past three weeks, the Health Minister had met the Prime Minister along with Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai once again and requested for a NEET-exemption.

This decision was taken to help students from rural backgrounds who can't afford coaching classes fees to prepare for entrance exams.

"We are seeking exemption only for seats in government colleges and government quota seats in self-financing colleges", he said, adding it was not sought for private institutes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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