CHENNAI: Around 450 NEET training centres across Tamil Nadu would be set up to help students prepare for the test, School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said on Tuesday.
Inaugurating the Chennai Ancient Culture and History festival, from August 8 to September 30, at the Government Museum, he said, “Private coaching for NEET is expensive and is only affordable for children from rich families. These 450 centres will benefit kids from economically weaker sections, who aspire to become doctors,” he said.
On a related note, he also said, “CDs with important questions will be distributed,” and promised that a new syllabus on par with CBSE standard will be prepared within three months so that children will get the same standard of education.
The Minister unveiled the theme song of Chennai 2000 Trust, organisers of the festival, sung by composers Srinivas and Ramesh Vinayagam and presented awards to Lalitha and Nandini, violin sisters, for their research on ancient musical instruments, Srinivas and Ramsesh Vinayagam, music composers and singers of theme song, S Rajavelu, former epigraphist of ASI, Col P Ganesan, former station commander of Indian Antarctic research, and S Ramakrishna for research around Kancheepuram.
The Minister said, “Students of government schools will receive three different colours of uniform. Initially, two sets will be stitched and later money to stitch and the material will be given.” Speaking to reporters after the event, he said temporary private staff would be hired to fill the vacancies in government schools at a salary of Rs 7,000 a month.
On the Archaeological excavation at Keezhadi, he said, “The government has provided two more acres for excavation after the previous 78 cent land was not meeting their demand.”