Chennai, February 2: Students aspiring to take admissions in medical and dental colleges are supposed to clear the NEET entrance test. Tamil Nadu on Tuesday has introduced two bills which seek to admit undergraduate students in medical courses on the basis of their scores. This bill seeks to exempt aspirants from appearing for the National Eligibility Entrance Test for admission to medical and dental colleges.
National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test NEET is a national level entrance test which is regulated by CBSE board. This entrance exam when clear with good marks paves the way to get admissions in the medical colleges for students. Government made this test compulsory for 2017 which is conducted by CBSE board.
The Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill 2017, tabled by Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, seeks to admit students to undergraduate medical courses based on their scores in the Plus Two board examinations. While the Tamil Nadu Admission to Postgraduate Courses in Medicine and Dentistry Bill, 2017 seeks to admit students for postgraduate medical/dental courses based on marks obtained in the qualifying undergraduate examinations. Vijayabaskar said that "the state government has taken a policy decision to continue the present procedure of admissions to MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of the marks obtained in the higher secondary examination i.e. for class XII ".
The ruling AIADMK party chief V K Sasikala on Wednesday sought the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on exempting the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
"We need your support in the matter of Tamil Nadu seeking exemption from NEET. The people and students of Tamil Nadu, especially the medical aspirants would thank you immensely for your support," she said in a letter to him.
The first Bill stated that the bulk of students in Tamil Nadu come from rural areas and they do not have access to or financial means to attend coaching classes for NEET. Vijayabaskar said that In Tamil Nadu, majority of students study in State syllabus whereas the NEET is mostly based on CBSE content. This, the government argued, was disadvantageous to majority students in Tamil Nadu. On the other hand Class XII exam itself was a serious examination of merit, which eliminated the need for NEET that might create additional stress.
The minister said that the state government's objective to provide quality healthcare to rural and needy people would be thrown out of gear if it followed the common entrance for admission to PG courses.