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A secure seat is no guarantee against heartbreak with the eligibility test

He secured a commendable 17th rank in the State, which makes him technically eligible for a seat in the prestigious Madras Medical College.

Published: 24th August 2017 01:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2017 07:03 AM   |  A+A-

Principal Secretary TN Health and Family Welfare Radhakrishnan releases NEET results on Wednesday in Chennai | P Jawahar

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: He secured a commendable 17th rank in the State, which makes him technically eligible for a seat in the prestigious Madras Medical College. Only technically though, pushing Mustansir Aziz Kitabi, a State Board student from Chennai, into dejection over the turn of events.

For, concerned over the uncertainty surrounding the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the boy was forced to join Government Medical College at Omandurar Estate, Anna Salai, under the All
India quota. Now, as per a Supreme Court order to prevent seats falling vacant, he cannot seek transfer to another medical college under State counselling.

With a NEET score of 607, Kitabi had an all India rank of 1,889 and had hoped to join Madras Medical College where students would get better exposure. But, then began the confusion surrounding NEET, with the State pursuing all options to gain exemption from the national test. The matter dragged on for months, creating causing serious concern among aspirants and family.

“There was uncertainty about medical admission process. My son had been preparing for NEET for two years. We did not want another year to go waste. So, he applied for all India counselling,” said Mustansir’s father Aziz.

In the counselling conducted by the Directorate-General of Health Services (DGHS), he obtained a seat at Government Medical College in Omandurar Estate - the newest in the State. “There are six or seven students in the first 40 ranks who are in a similar situation like me. I had a chance to surrender the seat, but did not do because I trusted the news that the State will get exemption from NEET,” Mustansir said.

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