Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Supreme Court refuses to exempt Tamil Nadu from Neet

Supreme Court refuses to exempt Tamil Nadu from Neet

Nalini Chidambaram, counsel for students in favour of the NEET system, said the state government has no alternative but to complete the admissions by the deadline set by the apex court. During the resumed hearing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Bench that the Centre was not inclined to allow Tamil Nadu to promulgate an ordinance to exempt the State from Neet.

Supreme Court on Tuesday has directed all the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to use National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admission across the state.

On August 17, the bench of justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and AM Khanvilkar had heard a batch of petitions opposing the Ordinance.

Senior counsel Shekar Naphade for Tamil Nadu faulted the Centre for not informing about its decision on "ordinance" at the earliest so that the state could have prepared for it.

The Tamil Nadu government's plans for one-year exemption from the national level medical admission test - National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in medical courses for the current year fell through today with the Centre government telling the Supreme Court that no ordinance was coming on the issue. Furthermore CBSE students benefit from NEET as questions were based on CBSE syllabus.

The Tamil Nadu government got the ordinance cleared by Law and the Human Resource Development ministries but it was referred back to attorney general KK Venugopal by the health ministry. "We will have to conduct UG medical admissions based on NEET scores this year if the SC order too goes against the State".

CBSE students and those who had taken a gap year to prep for NEET and had done reasonably well have welcomed the move, while others who had relied on state board or XIIth standard marks alone are, once again, left in a familiar lurch.

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