Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday introduced two Bills in the State Assembly to continue in the state the present system of admitting students to MBBS, BDS and postgraduate medical and dental courses.
The Bills, in effect, seek to exempt Tamil Nadu’s students aspiring to take admission in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from having to clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).
“The bulk of students who would appear for the uniform entrance exam in Tamil Nadu come from rural areas and facilities for them to access coaching classes to equip themselves for the examination are not available,” Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said while moving the Bills.
In Tamil Nadu, admission to MBBS and BDS courses is currently being done on the basis of 12th standard marks and admission to PG courses in medicine and dentistry is done on the basis of an entrance exam and experience, reports India.com.
Fifty per cent of seats in each specialty of the PG medical and dental courses are allocated to doctors in government service who are required to serve the government till superannuation and non-service doctors to serve the state for not less than two years to provide quality healthcare to the people.