NEET 2017: Central government agrees to grant exemption to Tamil Nadu students

Nirmala Sithraman also agreed Tamil Nadu's data that rural students seeking medical admissions found very difficult to crack NEET. PTI file

Nirmala Sithraman also agreed Tamil Nadu's data that rural students seeking medical admissions found very difficult to crack NEET. PTI file

The ruling party had created a false hope that exemption from Neet would be obtained, but had stabbed them on their back, Ramadoss said and added that 80 to 90 per cent of the medical seats in Tamil Nadu would go the students who studied under CBSE.

Sitharaman was participating in an event held in Chennai when she made the announcement. "The Union Government could co-operate if the State promulgates an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET for one year and that too for the admissions to government colleges only", the minister said.

Tamil Nadu comprises of more than 90% students from the State Board, which makes it hard for them to qualify the NEET which is completely based on CBSE syllabus.

The State needs to pass an Ordinance specifying that the exemption is sought to help rural students to get admission in government colleges. "The state has been seeking permission only for government-run colleges", VijayaBaskar said, according to The Times of India.

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Terming Sitharaman's remarks a "good news" Vijayabaskar said, "I thank Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of Tamil Nadu government and students". Around 4000 seats are available in government colleges, including those surrendered by the private medical colleges.

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

Actor Kamal Haasan, meanwhile, in a tweet, asked the state government to "talk immediately" (with the Centre) on the NEET issue since the matter involved the future of students.

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