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Tamil Nadu CM met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th July, 2017. It was pertaining to seeking exemption of the state of Tamil Nadu from NEET, which he thinks will be in favour of the students of the state.


After facing heat from various entities concerning the freedom that it may be taking away, NEET might be brought up in the Parliament soon. Let’s read more about the recent AIADMK vs NEET.

In a recent interview, AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai said that the party will bring up the issue of NEET to notice in the Parliament. It’d mainly aim to, he said, to serve the interests of Tamil Nadu’s freedom in selection of the future Doctors.

During the last assembly too, Tamil Nadu had demanded that the current admission system continues for the purpose. Two bills were also adopted for the purpose. The point they raised was that more than 50% of the NEET syllabus is based out of the CBSE syllabus and it is unfair that admissions all over India are based on that. In a similar direction passed a bill seeking 85 percent medical seat reservation for state board students.

Even chief minister K Palaniswami took up the issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support them in the cause & seek presidential assent on these bills. A presidential assent on the bill would mean that the bill would become an act of the Parliament.

It is interesting to note how opposed Tamil Nadu to NEET. It was the Madras HC which had put a stay on the NEET results’ declaration in 2017. The stay, however, was lifted from the NEET results’ declaration after CBSE moved to the Supreme Court. The petition, based on which the HC stay was implemented, stated that the difficulty level of NEET varied depending on the medium of language. This is very close to how Tamil Nadu govt. sees the unified medical admission exam, NEET.

If the state of Tamil Nadu were to get this exemption, the sole criterion for admission into medical colleges would be their Class 12th Marks.

It is also believed that the NEET issue is being taken up by the AIADMK because DMK, AIADMK’s opposition in the state, is using NEET as a political tool to render AIADMK noninstrumental in serving students of the state well. It is one thing to take up NEET because of its alleged unfairness, but using it to meet political motives is simply in bad taste.

In 2016, NEET was approved as the unified exam for admission to the medical & dental colleges all over the country.In 2016, NEET was conducted in two phases vis-a-vis phase 1 & 2. Phase 1 was AIPMT 2016. However, from 2017, NEET has completely replaced AIPMT which was the previous major medical entrance exam. There are only a few institutes that conduct their own exams, one of which is AIIMS. AIIMS had refused to become a part stating that NEET syllabus would bring down the difficulty level of their entrance exams.

It would be very difficult for the students if another change in this direction takes place. As of now, there are a lot many entities finding it difficult to digest NEET as the single exam. We can only hope whatever becomes of AIADMK vs NEET, is fair to the students.

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