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Centre approves law, no NEET in TN for one year

Union law ministry on Wednesday gave its nod for a Tamil Nadu Ordinance to exempt the state from NEET for MBBS/BDS admissions under government quota this year.

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who went through various legal aspects of the draft Ordinance, cleared it after consulting attorney-general K K Venugopal, a senior official said.

The official said the Ordinance would be applicable only to government colleges, and not private institutions.

“We have got clearance from law ministry and HRD ministry. We hope to get required clearances soon,” a senior official said .

After the union home ministry gives a ‘prior consent,’ the Ordinance will be signed by the governor.

It will be valid for up to six months.

Tamil Nadu, which had initially sought permanent exemption from NEET and passed two Bills in the Assembly, later made efforts to be out of its ambit for at least a year or two.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, state ministers and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai had multiple meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central ministers over NEET.

A large number of parents and students who favour NEET-based admission to medical courses have already approached lawyers in order to challenge the legality of the Ordinance, as and when it is promulgated.

Since related cases are pending before the Supreme Court as well, they are likely to be filed in the apex court directly.

Meanwhile, the Centre told Madras high court on Wednesday that in a day or two it would take a decision on Tamil Nadu’s two legislations to exempt the state from NEET for both MBBS/BDS and pot-graduate medical admissions permanently.

A submission to this effect was made when a PIL filed by Prince Gajendra Babu of State Platform for Common School System to direct the Centre to complete the procedures for obtaining presidential assent for the legislations.

Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS courses Act, 2017 and the Tamil Nadu Admission to Post Graduate courses in Medicine and Dentistry Act, 2017 – came up for hearing.


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