Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday said that he had requested the Centre to exempt Puducherry from NEET based selection of students for medical colleges during the 2017-2018 academic year. “I have written a letter to the Centre, making this
plea,” he told reporters.
Narayanasamy recalled that a resolution tabled by him on the floor of the assembly on January 24 on the matter had been adopted unanimously and it had since been sent to the Health Ministry to exempt Puducherry from the NEET purview.
“We will not be able to accept NEET based selection as schools in the Union Territory are not fully equipped to adopt the CBSE syllabus, which is the criterion for NEET based selection for medical courses”, Narayanasamy said. He said he would reiterate the plea during his coming visit to Delhi and meeting with the Union Health Minister.
Presently admissions to medical colleges, including privately managed institutions in the Union territory are through Centralised Admission Committee and on the basis of marks scored in the plus two public examinations. Besides a State government run medical college, there are seven private institutions in the union territory.
Narayanasamy said air service from Puducherry would be revived soon and Air India had come forward to operate the service from Puducherry to Bangalore via Tiruchirapalli. The expansion of the runway would be taken up once land needed for the purpose and which was in the territorial limits of Tamil Nadu (the airport is close to Tamil Nadu border) was available from the neighbouring State.
“We will work out necessary modalities and logistics to operate the service between Puducherry and Bangalore through negotiations with Air India in New Delhi shortly” the Chief Minister said.