On the argument by political parties that rural and urban poor and students from oppressed castes would be affected, Dr K Krishnasamy, a former MLA and a doctor, pointed out that in the last 10 years, 30,000 students had joined the medical stream in Tamil Nadu, of whom only 300 were from rural areas.
Stating that there are nearly 6,500 seats in Government and private colleges in Tamil Nadu, he said students from the state can get at least 85 per cent of them on merit by appearing in the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test(NEET).
Political parties, without going into details of the admission process,were blaming the ruling party and BJP at the Centre, he said, adding that state ministers were needlessly going to Delhi to seek exemption for the state from NEET.
He said Puthiya Tamizhagam would stage demonstrations in all district headquarters on August 1, seeking selection of students based on NEET score.
Krishnasamy said the state government's move to bring in ordinance in this regard was not the solution to this problem, as students are mentally upset over whether they will be able to join the medical course, as all other states have started counselling with a deadline of August 1.
The AIADMK, DMK and other parties in the state have been opposing NEET, saying state board students, especially from rural areas, would find it difficult to compete with CBSE students.
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