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Ensure NEET is not forced on TN even in future: Jayalalithaa to PM Modi

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has asked the Centre to ensure that the common entrance exam NEET for MBBS and dental courses is “not forced” on it even in the future as its implementation would “nullify” certain policy initiatives and socio-economic objective of the state.

While thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “speedy promulgation” of an ordinance yesterday, providing exemption from NEET this academic year, she said, “For the time being, it put at rest the mental agony, stress and anxiety of lakhs of students and their parents aspiring for medical admission for the current year in the state quota.”

In a letter to Modi yesterday, which was released today, Jayalalithaa said although the ordinance would temporarily address the issue for the current year, Tamil Nadu’s “situation is distinct and different from other states.”

She recalled that her government had taken a number of steps since 2005 for systematising admission process to medical seats, even abolishing entrance exams by way of a legislation which she said was even upheld by the Court.

“This measure was taken keeping in view the interests of students, particularly from the weaker sections and rural areas, to ensure that a level playing field is created.”

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