Tem­po­rary NEET Ex­emp­tion for TN; State Now Needs to Pass Or­di­nance

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Cen­tre on Sun­day an­nounced tem­po­rary ex­emp­tion for Tamil Nadu from the med­i­cal en­trance exam — Na­tional En­trance Cum El­i­gi­bil­ity Test (NEET). Union min­is­ter Nirmala Sithara­man said the ex­emp­tion would help ru­ral stu­dents get ad­mis­sion in gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­leges. Not­ing that this was unique to the state, she ruled out any fur­ther ex­emp­tions. Sithara­man, of­fi­cial sources said, was among the se­nior min­is­ters who played a key role in get­ting the NEET cri­sis solved. This comes a day after PM Modi met CM EK Palaniswami and other min­is­ters in New Delhi. Sithara­man held ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions in the last few months to get the right pic­ture on the is­sue.

Cur­rently, med­i­cal college ad­mis­sions across­the­coun­try are done on the ba­sis of NEET scores. How­ever, the rul­ing AIADMK and its arch ri­val, DMK, have been op­pos­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion. The is­sue is po­lit­i­cally im­por­tant as Tamil Nadu had abol­ished en­trance ex­ams about a decade ago and, till now, med­i­cal seats are of­fered on the ba­sis of Class 12 marks. “State BJP wasn’t keen on going against Cen­tre,” a state BJP leader said. TN now needs to pass an or­di­nance spec­i­fy­ing that the ex­emp­tion is­sought­to­hel­pru­ral­stu­dents to get ad­mis­sion in gov­ern­ment­col­leges.

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