Tamil Nadu NEET Ordinance: Follow NEET, Supreme Court says; 10 points

New Delhi: In Tamilnadu, students will have to follow the path of NEET based consultation to enter medical courses in the state. After giving a blow to the Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court said that all admissions to interested doctors should be based on the All India Medical Entrance Examination for admission in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Examination (NEET), Medical and Dental Courses. On August 16, the Law Ministry approved the Ordinance of the Tamil Nadu, in which the medical students were exempted from attending general entrance exams at NEET. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad approved the draft Ordinance in consultation with the attorney general K Venugopal.

1. Center today said that it could not support the Ordinance, because it would encourage other states to ignore the call for general entrance examination. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had told a bench of the Supreme Court that the Tamil Nadu government did not get the Ordinance to give permission to the state students to relax the NEET system. After the AG’s comments, the court directed that medical consultation should be completed by September 4.

2. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court had said that in order to enroll in undergraduate medical courses in Tamil Nadu the status quo has been given as there is no compromise on intellectuals. A bench of Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice Amitva Roy and Justice Amnihilik said, “You can not compromise with intellectuals.” The state government’s petition has also been called “no” that it wanted to accommodate students from “rural background”, which were not good.

3. Students through senior advocate Nalini Chidambaram had submitted to the Supreme Court that this year the recent ordinance of the state to give Tamil Nadu exemption from NEET was only a political bargaining chip that would affect the life and career of the students.

4. Initially, the Union Home and Law Ministry had allegedly approved the Ordinance. But when the Health Ministry sought the Attorney General’s views with some fresh facts, the top law officer told the government that it will not be examined in the Supreme Court.

5. Tamil Nadu’s Palaniswamy, Minister of State and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai held several meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union Ministers of NET.

6. The Madras High Court on July 14 ordered the Tamil Nadu government to cancel the 85% reservation for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) seats for the students of the State Board and for CBSE Only 15% and other boards, it is assumed that this is the amount of discrimination between the equals.

7. In June this year, the order of the state government reserves 85 percent of the MBBS and BDS seats for the state board students and only 15 percent for the CBSE and other boards

8. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NEET Examination on May 7.

9. In January this year, Tamil Nadu had given exemption to the candidates to get admission in medical and dental colleges of NEET to become the first State to present the Bill in the Assembly.

10. In 2016, NEET replaced the All India Pre-Medical Examination (AIPMT) and conducted all the individual MBBS examinations conducted by the states or colleges. However, many colleges and institutes took a stop order for admission in their MBBS and BDS courses and took the private exam.

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