Students unhappy with outcome

With the SC verdict, students, especially those from rural areas, are a disappointed lot.

Published: 23rd August 2017 02:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2017 06:52 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

ARIYALUR/PERAMBALUR: With the SC verdict, students, especially those from rural areas, are a disappointed lot. A case in point is S Anitha. A dalit, Anitha battled odds and scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in Class XII exams. Her cut-off for medicine was 196.75 and 199.75 for engineering. She was confident of entering a medical college.

That was till NEET happened. A Tamil-medium student, the entrance exam which was based on the CBSE syllabus proved too hard for her. She could manage only 86 per cent. The State government’s assurance on an ordinance gave her solace, but that was short lived as NEET supporters approached the apex court. Tuesday’s developments have left Anitha desolate.

“We do not have the means to spend on special coaching for her to sit for NEET next year. She has given up now,” said her brother, S Manirathnam. Anitha’s father is a loader in Tiruchy’s Gandhi Market. Anitha has already got a seat for Aeronautical Engineering at Madras Insitute of Technology (MIT) and for a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the Veterinary College and Research Institute in Orathanadu.

So it’s not all doom and gloom but her dream of wearing the white coat has been put on hold for the time being. Another student, T Manikandan of Perali village in Kunnam taluk in Perambalur district, scored 71 per cent in this year’s NEET. He said: “I was able to answer only a few questions as I was not used to them being in English. I am hopeful of getting through next year.” Manikandan was a topper at the government higher secondary school in Perali.

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