New Delhi, Aug 17: Tamil Nadu government’s ordinance which seeks to exempt state students from appearing the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), has got clearance from the Attorney General, and Union Law and Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministries. The ordinance is now pending before the Union Health Ministry. After clearance from the Health Ministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would put its final stamp of approval.

“The Ministry of Law and Justice, HRD and the Attorney General of India have given their consent for a special Ordinance exempting the State from NEET for a year,” government sources said. The ordinance will be applicable only to government colleges in Tamil Nadu, and not private ones, they added. The Tamil Nadu government on Monday handed over to the Centre a draft of the proposed ordinance it plans to enact to give exemption to students from the NEET examination.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court on August 23 will hear a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to complete the procedures for obtaining presidential assent to two bills adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly aimed at exempting the state from NEET. Though the bills, after the governor’s assent, had been sent for presidential assent in February, these had not yet been placed before the President for his consideration. The delay had caused a lot of confusion among students, said the petitioner.

The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test or NEET-UG is an entrance examination in India for students who wish to study any graduate medical course in government or private medical colleges in India for MBBS and BDS courses conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Tamil Nadu, which had initially sought permanent exemption from NEET by passing two bills in the Assembly, later made efforts to be out of its ambit for at least a year or two.