The Centre has declared that there will be temporary exemption for the state of Tamil Nadu from National Entrance and Eligibility Test (NEET) for one year, if the sate passed an ordiance.
The Union minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the ordinance which is to be passed must specify that the move for the exemption is to help the rural students to get admissions into government colleges.
She further stated that this was unique to the state and canceled out any chances of exemptions in the future.
Sitharaman also said "There are 4,000 seats for which children are still waiting for clarity on admission process. The Tamil Nadu government can request for exemption in government colleges."
The medical college admission in India is conducted based on the National Entrance and Eligibility Test scores. The ruling party in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK and the DMK have been against the examination.
The state had done off with entrance examinations almost a decade ago and medical seats are provided on the bases of the marks from class 12 board examinations.
The chief minister of the state Edappadi K. Palaniswami had met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and spoke about the exemption of the state in the NEET exams and the allotment of colleges based on the same.
The entrance examination was announced to be illegal and unconstitutional by the apex court of India on the year 2013. In the month of April 2016, a five judge bench restored the entrance examination and allowed the Center and the medical council of India to conduct the test.
After the states like Tamil Nadu made requests, a law was formed which granted the exemption for the prerequisite examination only for the government college for a year.
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