Tamil Nadu to Bring Bill Seeking Exemption from NEET

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  • Tamil Nadu to introduce Bill seeking exemption from the NEET exam today.
  • The decision comes after a 19-year old NEET aspirant committed suicide.
  • Reservation for EWS and OBC candidates introduced.

Tamil Nadu: The Tamil Nadu government would introduce a Bill in the Assembly today seeking the President’s assent to exempt the state from the ambit of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The decision comes after a 19-year-old youth belonging to a village in Salem, who was set to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, committed suicide. A large number of people gathered near his house and his death by suicide led to tense moments in the village, police said.

Taking to Twitter Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Sunday said that NEET is a major issue of the country and his government will bring a bill seeking an exemption to the state. Stalin tweeted, “Another death on the altar of NEET. Let education be a qualification and let destroy qualifications alone for the education itself which is injustice. Tomorrow we will bring the Permanent Exemption Bill for NEET. Let us take NEET as an issue of the Indian subcontinent.”

The government also introduced reservations for EWS and OBC candidates to ensure that students across social and economic backgrounds stand a chance to become doctors. This is in addition to existing reservations for SC, ST candidates. In addition to 15% reservation offered to SC and 7.5% to ST category students, 27% seats will be reserved for OBC and 10% for EWS category students in medical admissions under All India Quota (AIQ).

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