Tamil Nadu Government Seeks 85 percent medical seat reservation for State Board students
The TN government attacked the order that was passed by Justice K. Ravindrababu on its recent move to seek 85 percent medical seat reservation for state board students. The appeal of the state government will be heard in the Madras High Court again by the division bench of Justice N. Ramamohan Rao & M Dhanapani.
Madras HC’s decision
Madras High Court in a recent development had invalidated TN government’s decision reserving 85% of the state MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) & BDS (Bachelor of Dental Sciences) seats for the state board students. This meant that only 15% seats remained for students of other boards including the CBSE.
In a petition filed by one of the CBSE students, the order of state government, seeking reservations, was challenged in the High Court. Other than being in bad taste, the law also is in violation of the Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. Article 14 establishes equality before the law.
Other than the Article 14, the TN government’s decision would also be pitted against NEET which is the unified exam instrumental towards admission to Medical & Dental colleges all over the country. Tamil Nadu government are very open towards their disapproval of NEET. AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai said in a recent interview that the party is likely to raise the NEET issue in the Parliament as well. Their logic behind this opposition is that more than half the NEET is based on CBSE syllabus. It is thus unfair to hold all admissions through NEET.
Tamil Nadu government is not the only body which stands against the unified exam. In 2016, AIIMS had clearly refused to be a part of the NEET as well. Other than AIIMS, there is a list of colleges which hold their own entrance exams. One of the colleges included in this list is JIPMER.
Considering everything, it is difficult to outrightly their point against NEET as the single exam for admissions to all the medical colleges. But the 85 percent medical seat reservation for the state board students, that the TN govt seeks is never a solution to the issue at hand.
That’s all on the reservation that the state government seeks for the state government students. If you have anything to add to this discussion, do leave your opinion in the comments’ section. Till then, all the very best!