Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government is reportedly preparing to table a bill in the ongoing assembly session to exclude the state from the ambit of the national eligibility cum entrance test (NEET).
The legislation against NEET will allow the directorate of medical education to admit students into medical colleges based on class XII marks and the 69% reservation rule.
In 2005, the state government abolished entrance examinations for admissions to all professional courses by way of legislation to ensure a level playing field to students from rural areas and weaker sections of the society.
“We don’t believe NEET is the right way for us. Many of our students will be left out. We have readied a bill and we will be moving it during this session,” a source has been quoted by TOI as saying.
In 2016, the Supreme Court made a common entrance examination mandatory for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all medical colleges across the country.
However, central government institutions such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS); Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh; and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry were exempted from NEET.
Some states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra opposed the Supreme Court decision on NEET and managed to get exemptions for state-run institutions and affiliated colleges for 2016.
The proposed legislation means Tamil Nadu intends to make necessary statutory amendments for staying outside the ambit of NEET this year as well.
However, since professional education is a subject that falls under the concurrent list, if the state takes the legislation route to make any amendments, it has to obtain prior assent from the President.