Newspatrolling: In a development that would bring cheer to many students, the central government has agreed to grant exemption to Tamil Nadu students from NEET 2017. The demand for exemption from NEET 2017 for state students was one of the long pending demands of the Tamil Nadu state government and now it has been approved by the central government. As of now, there are currently around 4000 seats available in government colleges. These seats include the ones that have been surrendered by private medical colleges. To get the exemption, the Tamil Nadu government will now just have to pass an ordinance for the exemption. The same will then be forwarded for approval to the central government.
Speaking about the center’s approval to grant the exemption, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “If the state government promulgates an ordinance asking for exception for NEET this year, the Centre is ready to agree with that demand.” Sitharaman said that the decision has been taken since rural students in the state of Tamil Nadu were finding it difficult to get admissions. The next step would see Tamil Nadu passing a special ordinance, which would clearly specify that the exemption is being sought in order to help rural students get admission in government colleges. It may be recalled that in Tamil Nadu, 90% students study under the State Board. Since NEET is based almost entirely on CBSE syllabus, it becomes difficult for state students to compete in NEET. The exemption would be applicable for a period of one year.