The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday tabled in its assembly a bill that exempts Tamil Nadu students from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. The bill proposes to continue the current procedure for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses on the basis of marks obtained in higher secondary examination. The bill is in stark contradiction to the Central government's NEET.
The state's Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr C Vijayabaskar tabled the bill calling it a 'policy decision'. "The bulk of students who would appear for the uniform entrance exam in Tamil Nadu are from rural areas and facilities for them to access coaching classes to equip themselves for the exams are not available... also due to the paucity of funds and economic conditions in which the students live. It has been opined that uniform entrance examinations have become a traumatic experience for the students as well as parents," the bill said.
The bill tried to equate class XII examinations to entrance exams and justified the government's move to allow results of the class XII exam to be considered for admission of students to medical courses. Further, the bill said that the methodology, syllabus and content for the uniform entrance exam are based on syllabus prescribed by the Central Board of Secondary Education and the same was not compatible with the syllabus prescribed by the Tamil Nadu higher secondary examination board.