NEET Results 2017: Tamil Nadu Awaiting Centre's Response On Assent To Bills

The Tamil Nadu government today said it has so far not received any response from the Centre on the Presidential assent to two bills passed by the state assembly exempting the state from the National Entrance-cum Eligibility Test (NEET).

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NEET Results 2017: Tamil Nadu Awaiting Centre's Response On Assent To Bills

NEET Results 2017: Tamil Nadu Awaiting Centre's Response On Assent To Bills

New Delhi:  In a response to a question raised on Tamil Nadu assembly, the state government today said it has so far not received any reply from the Centre government on the Presidential assent to the NEET bills it sent to the home ministry. In last February, Tamil Nadu assembly had passed two bills exempting the state from the National Entrance-cum Eligibility Test (NEET), national level entrance examination to admission in Dental and medical courses.

NEET 2017 examination was conducted on May 7 and CBSE, the official organisor of the examination is expected to release the results next week.

Stating this in the assembly, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, however, expressed confidence of receiving a favourable response from the Centre on the matter, reported PTI.

Tamil Nadu has been insisting that it be given exemption from the National Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses, with the state Assembly having adopted two bills in this regard. Opposition parties, including DMK, had supported the legislative measure.

"The NEET bills are with the Ministry of Home Affairs. It has to be either accepted or rejected. Only if its negative (rejected) can we move the court," the minister said.

A centralised exam keeps the state government out of the admission process. Also, the state reservation rules will not apply. That means, for instance, that reserved category candidates in Tamil Nadu would not benefit from the state's 69% reservation rule. The Centre allows only 49.5% quotas.

On various occasions, Tamil Nadu politicians raised the issue of rural students missing chances in competition with their urban counterparts.

In April this year, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami raised the issue of NEET test, at the NITI Aayog meeting held in New Delhi. Palaniswami had also written to the Prime Minister, seeking Presidential assent to the two bills.

"Each and every state has different needs and students from all states cannot appear for a common all India test," commented MK Stalin.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda had earlier said NEET was "being implemented" in Tamil Nadu also and asked the state government to consider giving reservation to rural students. He was responding to reporters' queries on Tamil Nadu seeking an exemption from the eligibility test for medical admissions and said the state government had "full freedom" to provide reservation to rural students in this regard.

The Supreme Court on June 12 directed CBSE to declare NEET results after the Central Board had approached the top court regarding the declaration of results which had been put on hold by the Madras High Court on May 24 after complaints from students from different states who claimed that though the question papers were the same in English and Hindi, the Central Board of Secondary Education had different sets for aspirants writing the test in vernacular languages.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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