NEET 2017 Counselling: In a major blow to the E Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court today gave its verdict on the use of NEET for admission in the state. According to news agency ANI, the apex court said that the medical colleges in Tamil Nadu will have to use the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) as the only basis for admissions. The Supreme Court of India has asked the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling immediately and then finish it by September 4.
According to Indian Express, the Tamil Nadu government has been against the implementation of NEET for admission to medical colleges as they believe that the common medical examination favours students from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) over other state board. They also believe that this way students belonging to the rural parts and weaker sections would lose seats in the medical colleges. In the past, the state government has sent the ordinance to get an exemption from NEET twice. The ordinance was cleared by both the law and the Human Resource Development ministries. However, when it came to the health ministry, it was referred back to the attorney general KK Venugopal with some additional facts and past judgements of the apex court on the issue, according to Indian Express. The attorney general while putting forward his view about the exemption of Tamil Nadu students from NEET said that the ordinance is not good in law.
According to the report, the TN government has asked the Medical Council of India (MCI) to sanction 2,700 more medical seats in the state in order to allay concerns of the Supreme Court about the fate of students from the state who have already cleared NEET. The exam was made mandatory last year for admission in medical and dental colleges across India.