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Tamil Nadu Assembly Clears Bill to Exempt Medical Admissions from NEET

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In a bid to stop medical admissions on the basis of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test or NEET for students of the state, the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday passed the Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021. Once the Bill gets Presidential assent, it will enable all medical admissions in Tamil Nadu based on marks obtained by pupils in Class 12. Except for the BJP, all parties lend their support to the Bill.

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On June 5, Chief Minister MK Stalin had formed a high-level panel. Headed by retired justice AK Rajan, the committee’s objective was to study the effect of NEET and the growing coaching centres in the state. The Tamil Nadu government has given a recommendation for the immediate elimination of NEET on the basis of the panel’s findings.

Tamil Nadu is empowered to regulate medical admission as per the Schedule VIII, List III and Entry 25 of the Constitution of India, said Chief Minister MK Stalin while introducing the Bill. He stated that the DMK-led government scripted history by achieving 27% reservation for OBCs in all India quotas. He added that this is the outcome of the DMK-led government and other parties’ legal struggle in Tamil Nadu. He further added that with regard to the NEET issue as well, MLAs of all parties should come together and help pass the Bill for scripting history in social justice.

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