Jul. 26, 2017: The  Tamil Nadu CM has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi  and also requested the state to be exempted from National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, NEET Exam. The Chief Minister of TN has voiced his concerns that NEET is detrimental to the welfare of the students. From the onset of NEET, Tamil Nadu has strongly opposed the introduction of one national level examination for MBBS and BDS admissions. The protests and requests have, however, been shot down by the Supreme Court on various occasions. This is another attempt to persuade the Center to get exemption from the NEET examination. Also Read: NEET News Update: After controversy over regional papers, HRD Minister Javadekar promises all language papers in NEET 2018 to be similar

On July 20, State Ministers had met PM Modi and Union Ministers for Health and HRD, J P Nadda and Prakash Javadekar on NEET exemption. They had also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister seeking presidential approval for the two bills  which were recently passed  by state assembly aimed at exempting the state from NEET. The bills are at present pending with the Centre. The efforts, however, are not limited to the political route. As per reports, DMK had announced to hold a human chain protest on July 27 across all districts of the state seeking presidential assent to the bills.

As per a PTI report, the ruling AIADMK Ministers from the state headed by Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambiduraie met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to exert pressure on the Centre regarding the issue. The delegation had also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central ministers last week regarding the matter. The AIADMK, DMK and other parties in the state have been opposing the NEET, saying state board students, especially from rural areas, would find it difficult to compete with CBSE students.

The bills would pave the way for the continuation of undergraduate medical admissions on the basis of Class 12 marks, exempting Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president M K Stalin had earlier accused the central and state governments of “betraying” the interests of the state’s students. The Medical counselling was being deferred and parents were also worried. The AIADMK, DMK and other parties in the state weropposing NEET. The reasons cited was that the state board students, especially from rural areas, would find it difficult to compete with their peers from CBSE. Also Read: NEET 2017 Admissions: 845 government merit quota seats restored from 11 minority colleges

Recently, the Members of the TMC and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) also raised the issue of different questions papers given in the common medical entrance examination in regional languages in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. The Madras high court  also quashed a Tamil Nadu government order according to which it  reserved 85% of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) seats to state board students and 15% for students from CBSE and other boards.