Tamil Nadu plans to bypass NEET, considering medical college admissions based on Class 12

Health minister M Subramanian said a Committee of Secretaries has suggested promulgating an Act indicating the need for elimination of NEET in medical admission.

Tamil Nadu plans to bypass NEET, considering medical college admissions based on Class 12 Tamil Nadu plans to bypass NEET 2021
Anu Parthiban | Sep 3, 2021 - 12:59 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: There has been a staunch resistance against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil Nadu since its inception. The Tamil Nadu government is now considering introducing a new law to allow Class 12 marks for admission to medical colleges and to do away with NEET 2021.

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Health minister M Subramanian said a Committee of Secretaries headed by the chief secretary Irai Anbu has suggested promulgating an Act indicating the need for elimination of NEET in medical education, according to the Hindustan Times report.

“This will ensure social justice and protect all vulnerable student communities from being discriminated against in admission to medical colleges,” according to the government, the report added.

The ruling DMK had constituted a panel, headed by retired high court judge AK Rajan, to analyse if NEET had an adverse impact on students from backward classes. The committee was also asked to recommend remedial measures to the government.

Submitting its report on NEET issues and impact on Tamil Nadu, AK Rajan-led committee said that most representations have said they don’t want NEET.

Using #TNRejects_NEET hashtag, people last month started protesting against the decision to conduct NEET on social media. They also said that it is stopping the marginalised students from becoming doctors.

In July, the Centre told the Madras High Court that a panel constituted by the Tamil Nadu government on NEET has no jurisdiction to go into the issue.

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