Tamil Nadu Government plans to bypass NEET
The Tamilnadu government introduced a bill against the controversial National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on 31st January, Tuesday. On the other hand, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared that the NEET Entrance Exam for all medical colleges in the country will be conducted on the 7th of May.
As per the Indian Medical Council Act of 1956 and the Dentists Act of 1948, the board will still conduct the exam across 80 cities for MBBS/BDS Admissions for those Medical as well as Dental Colleges that are approved by the MCI (Medical Council of India) and DCI (Dental Council of India). Both MCI and DCI come under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The exams won’t be conducted for institutions that are recognized by Act of Parliament such as AIIMS.
Tamil Nadu justifies by stating that it will be difficult for the people of rural, poor and State Board students as they can’t afford a huge amount of money for expensive coaching for the entrance exams. Students who have studied in Tamil medium schools would have a tough time to write the test. Moreover, the admissions for UG courses are done on the basis of 12th results.
Considering the fact that TN students face tremendous amount of pressure while writing their 12th Board Exams, the state doesn’t want to put more pressure on the students by writing NEET, which now has new clauses set in place such as the maximum age limit being fixed to 25 with only three attempts. The content and the syllabus for CBSE and Tamil Nadu State Board are vastly different so NEET, which follows CBSE format, will prove to be quite a challenge for TN State Board students.
Medical aspirants can now submit their online applications from 31st January to 1st March as the admissions for MBBS/BDS courses will be done through NEET. Quota systems such as a State government Quotas, Management quota, NRI quota, Central pool quota will be followed for the admissions in their respective dental and medical colleges.
To appear in NEET (UG) 2017, citizens, including residential and non-residential Indians, people of India or any foreign origin are eligible to take on this exam. NEET Applicants from all over India, with the exception to those from Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam, must carry their Aadhaar number for entering the details in the online application of NEET 2017. There are more than 10 lakh candidates who are scheduled to appear at 1,500 Exam centres from all over India to write NEET Exam.