The hopes of many students were dashed in Tamil Nadu after the Supreme Court said that only NEET should be followed for admission to medical colleges in Tamil Nadu. Earlier, there was a possibility of a relief for Tamil Nadu students, after the center government had agreed to accept the proposal to create and ordinance that would allow Tamil Nadu to avoid NEET for one year. The center had said that if Tamil Nadu creates such an ordinance, the center would approve it. The matter is politically relevant, which is why even Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami had discussed the NEET related issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reasoning was that majority students in Tamil Nadu, almost 90 percent, study in the State Board, which makes it difficult for them to compete in NEET since NEET is largely based on CBSE syllabus. The ordinance was even created by Tamil Nadu and approved by the central government.
However, students who preferred NEET based admissions, challenged the ordinance in the Supreme Court and the same has now been invalidated by the court. The Supreme Court today directed the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu to follow only NEET for admission. The Court said that counseling should begin on August 24 and should be completed by September 4.