Chennai, May 4: The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced to provide second-class train ticket and an assistance of Rs 1000 for students who will be travelling outside the state for appearing in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

The decision by Tamil Nadu government came after the Supreme Court rejected a petition which sought that CBSE allot centres to applicants in Tamil Nadu itself. The apex court stayed a Madras High Court direction that asked CBSE to set up more examination centres in Tamil Nadu for the upcoming medical test on Sunday i.e. May 6.

The top court accepted CBSE’s plea that exam centres cannot be established within the given time. The Madras High Court order last week to allot centres to Tamil Nadu students within the state had come as a ray of hope for these students.

Several NEET aspirants from Tamil Nadu have been allotted exam centres in neighbouring states like Kerala and Karnataka. Around 1000 to 1500 students will have to go to Ernakulam and other centres in Kerala to appear for the NEET UG exam.

In a separate order, the Delhi High Court on May 3 allowed Sikh MBBS aspirants to wear traditional ‘kirpan’ or ‘kara’  inside the examination hall.  CBSE cannot prohibit entry of these “articles of faith” in an exam centre when these objects are allowed even onboard an aircraft.