Tamil Nadu NEET Counselling 2017: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) counselling dates and merit list are likely to be released by the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday at tnhealth.org, tnmedicalselection.org. Candidates who have been waiting for a long time to complete the admission process to MBBS or BDS programme in a medical institution in the state can take a breath of relief now. The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu medical colleges to follow the common National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions. According to ANI, the apex court observed that NEET will be the only basis for admissions and the counselling will begin on August 24. Further, it has stated that the counselling process should end by September 4.
All this happened after the Central government told the apex court that it was not in favour of the recent ordinance passed by Tamil Nadu, the bench of judges headed by Justice Dipak Misra directed the State government to start the admission process.
NEET was made compulsory for medical aspirants for admission to MBBS and BDS progrmmes across the country last year. This year nearly 12 lakh candidates appeared for the examination in 10 different languages including English, Hindi and others. Earlier in the year, on May 24, the Madras High Court had stayed any proceedings on the NEET result. Keeping the urgency of the result in mind and the starting of counselling sessions for successful candidates in mind, the Supreme Court stayed the Madras High Court order.
On August 16, medical students from the state of Tamil Nadu moved the Supreme Court seeking directive for the State Government to start medical counselling soon. This came after the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), which was made mandatory for admission in the MBBS and the BDS courses across India last year, got separate petitions filed at the Madras and Gujarat High Courts, where medical aspirants demanded cancellation of the NEET 2017 as the Gujarati and Tamil medium paper were allegedly tougher than the English and Hindi medium.