Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalaithaa on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking to exempt the state from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
“I request the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET and permit the state to continue its existing fair and transparent system of admission to medical colleges and dental colleges in the State, the letter to PM Modi read.
The Chief Minister asserted that a large number of socially and economically backward meritorious rural students have benefited by the state government’s decision to abolish the Common Entrance Examination.
Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which do not conduct an entrance test for medical and dental colleges, will continue to take students on the basis of their marks in class XII examinations this year.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday signed the central government’s ordinance exempting states from holding the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for undergraduate medical and dental admissions (NEET-UG) this year.
The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that the students will have to appear for NEET starting this academic session to seek admission to any medical or dental colleges in the country.
More than 15 states were opposed to NEET and had raised issues like different syllabus and languages during the recent state health ministers’ meeting.