No exemption from NEET for Tamil Nadu, Supreme Court directs government to start counselling process

The health ministry’s contended that if Tamil Nadu’s demand for exemption would be accepted then other states will have similar demands too.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 23, 2017 9:15 am
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In a major blow to the Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court today asked the state to follow National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) after the Centre said the state cannot be exempted. The apex court also directed the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling process immediately and finish it by September 4.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was hearing a plea filed by six students seeking a direction to the state government to conduct counselling for the medical seats solely on the basis of the merit list prepared on the basis of NEET marks.

As The Indian Express reported yesterday, the attorney general has said that the ordinance, sent by the Tamil Nadu government on the exemption of NEET, is not good in law.

Tamil Nadu has been against the implementation of NEET – common medical exam as it argued that the test favours CBSE students over other state boards. Also, students from rural parts and belonging to weaker sections would lose seats in the medical colleges. You can read here what the AG said about NEET ordinance

The health ministry’s contended that if Tamil Nadu’s demand for exemption would be accepted then other states will have similar demands too.

The Tamil Nadu government has twice sent the ordinance to get an exemption. The ordinance was cleared by both the law and the Human Resource Development ministries. However, when it came to the health ministry, it was referred back to the attorney general KK Venugopal with some additional facts and past judgements of the apex court on the issue. It was in response to these additional facts that the A-G has revised his opinion, say top government sources.

NEET was made mandatory last year for admission in medical and dental colleges across India.

With inputs from PTI

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    Sonu Malik.
    Aug 24, 2017 at 8:27 am
    I am loving it. Now many skeletons will fall out of TN education cupboard.
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    1. Rene Fernandez
      Aug 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm
      SC judgment is welcome and appreciated . TN must never be exempted and follow the NEET only for medical seats admission to avoid corruptions and bribes . It is another great judgement by the SC. If SC has allowed TN to allow admission based on state board exams other states too would demand the same and they too cannot be denied the same rights
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        Chellam
        Aug 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm
        Tamilnad need not beg the super govt. State govt's are free to shape their own educational policies and systems. Tamilnad students will not need admission in RSS governed ins utions. Tamilnad has the capability and the resources to form its own Medical Education Council and a World Class Medical Education System. But, this Modi-mentored Govt cannot have the will to promote the interests of Sudras and Panchamas? This Govt, if allowed to continue for long, is likely to surrender all Education to the RSS formations. The BJP's perfidious role in the matter tells the real story.
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          Sonu Malik.
          Aug 24, 2017 at 10:01 am
          TN must improve the level of education , given by it's state board. All this while students got marks on Paper , without knowing anything. Now they can't compete at the national level.Hence the demand for quota for state board students! The govt knows that the students have been cheated and fooled all along. Now the time has come to make the exam questions harder and not the questions must not be selected from texts books. The students must be made to think and not mug up.
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          S.Suresh
          Aug 23, 2017 at 9:17 am
          As usual Students had concentrated state board subjects and got high marks. NEET was announced after Feb'17 in Tamil Nadu. How could they manage to prepare NEET? Moreover present TN government assured medical aspirants NEET exemption from Central government and Central didn't give any signal YES or NO till day after Yesterday. So this verdict has killed medical aspirants in Tamil Nadu. I wonder why no one asked question about how could CBSE conducts NEET because we have several education boards in our country in which CBSE is one of the education. Then how could they prepare the question paper and correct the answer paper all over country.
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            ram yadav
            Aug 23, 2017 at 7:45 am
            in india need doctors with global standard and medical colege with international standard for competing world this is the vision of our priminister
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