Group of State Board students oppose efforts for NEET exemption for Tamil Nadu

Students oppose efforts by activists and government to have Tamil Nadu excluded as Supreme Court weighs in

Published: 18th August 2017 01:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th August 2017 10:56 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

COIMBATORE: Even as educational activists and the State government strive hard for the exemption of state from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), a group of State Board students along with their parents picketed the District Collector office, on Thursday, demanding the government not to exclude the state from NEET.

Students and parents agitating
at the Collector’s office in
Coimbatore | Express

Submitting the petition at the Collectorate demanding the state government to release the rank list of NEET examination at the earliest as all other states are half way through the medical counselling, N Rajam Ramasamy, a parent, said that the students from the state have also lost the seats that were available for them through all India quota.

Claiming to work for the welfare of the medical aspirants from the rural background, the State government has failed to notice the high number of seats that are available for the aspirants despite the competition, the parents said that the number of medical students from rural background ever since the government cancelled the entrance examination is negligible.

As the counselling for other higher studies including engineering and agriculture has almost reached the end, R Shruthi Priyanka, a medical aspirant said that the students have been undergoing mental pressure ever since the NEET results were released.

“We were confident that we would get medical seat as our NEET score was good,” she said, explaining that she hasn’t attended Anna University counselling, as she will have to submit all her documents during admission process and would not have any to submit during the medical counselling.

“If I would have attended, I would have got a seat in good college, but then it would have become difficult for me to submit the documents during the medical counselling, as it would take months, for the colleges, to return the documents,” she explained.

The opportunities have been sealed, the parents said that the students have been preparing for the examination ever since the apex court stated that the state would be exempted from examination only for a year.

The situation

This order gives breathing space to Tamil Nadu government since Supreme Court has asked them to not hold immediate counselling as sought by the Medical Council of India Tamil Nadu has been saying that a lot of students from the rural areas could not get through because of NEET.

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