NEET 2017: After Tamil Nadu, Gujarat wants to take the ordinance route
"If Tamil Nadu can pass on an ordinance, why can't we?" seems to be the Gujarat government's line of thought over NEET 2017. Owing to pressure from parents and students state board schools, the Gujarat government now intends to study the draft ordinance of Tamil Nadu government and hopes to replicate it.
Parents of students studying in state board and Gujarati medium schools have demanded an ordinance on the lines of one drafted by Tamil Nadu to exempt its students from NEET 2017. Gujarat's Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama has said that legal opinion on the same has been sought.
The Gujarat government has so far maintained that since the matter of NEET is before the Supreme Court, it was not in a position to address concerns of parents and students. With Tamil Nadu passing an ordinance in February 2017 and following it up with a draft ordinance that now awaits the President's nod, Gujarat government is being pressurised to take the ordinance route.
"We have referred the matter to the attorney general for legal advice. We are waiting for the judgement of the Supreme Court on this issue. We are hopeful of a favourable solution," said Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. "We have asked for a copy of the ordinance, cleared in Tamil Nadu, the feasibility of which will be studied by the senior officials from both the departments (health and education) in Gujarat's context," he added.