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TN CM Against Entrance Test for Dental Courses

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TN CM Against Entrance Test
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa strongly opposed introduction of the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission in to Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in dental colleges, saying that this would effect the implementation of reservation policy.

Dental council of India has issued a notification to this effect and recalled her government's objection to such entrance tests for undergraduate and postgraduate dental courses, she mention in a letter to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh.

Jayalalithaa said entrance exam for professional courses has been abolished in the state since 2007 after an expert panel found such exams put students from rural and lower socio-economic backgrounds at a disadvantage due to lack of geographical and financial access to training centres. Such entrance examination result in the growth of expensive coaching centres,

The state has been following 69% reservation for backward ans most backward communities and SC and ST in professional courses, she said introduction of a Nationality Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) would create confusion and cause in the smooth implementation of this reservation policy both in undergraduate and postgraduate admissions.

Jayalalithaa advised that the state may be exempted from the entrance test and allowed to continue with its existing system fro admission to undergraduate and postgraduate in dental courses.

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