Centre says ‘no’ to TN ordinance seeking a year-long NEET exemption


In a case of clear back-stabbing, the BJP-led Cenre has expressed its helplessness in supporting Tamil Nadu Government’s ordinance with regard to exemption of the State’s students from appearing in the common NEET exam to pursue medical courses.

Centre introduced the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), which is a mandatory exam to be cleared by all aspiring doctors and medical students, prior to pursuing their chosen courses. As the exams were based on CBSE syllabus, Tamil students found the going very tough and requested the Centre to exempt them from appearing in the exam.

Govt. of Tamil Nadu took up the case with the Centre and after a prolonged chat, the Centre suggested to the Govt. of Tamil Nadu to consider passing an emergency ordinance in this regard in the State Legislative Assembly and send the same for Presidential consent to request the Centre to exempt Tamil students (just for one year) from appear in the NEET exam.

However, after the State passed the ordinance and sent the same for Presidential approval, the Centre has now informed the Supreme Court that it can’t allow Tamil Nadu alone to get exemption for a year from appearing for NEET as it would pave way for similar requests from other States. Tamil students are feeling badly let down by the Centre which is busy in making the AIADMK factions in the State to unite!



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