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Centre to cooperate if TN brings ordinance on NEET: Sitharaman

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Union Minister today said the Centre will cooperate with if it brings an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET for colleges for one year.

Responding to her remarks, state Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said an ordinance in this regard would be submitted to the Centre tomorrow morning.

The development comes after Chief Minister K Palaniswami, state ministers and Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai had multiple meetings with Prime Minister Modi and other central ministers over NEET.

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.

State Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan, in Coimbatore, said the wanted total exemption from NEET for the benefit of students, particularly from rural areas.

However, efforts were on to prepare students for common tests in future, he said.

Sitharaman said although students who had qualified in NEET included those from the state board, students from rural were largely out of it.

"The Centre is ready to cooperate in case the comes up with an ordinance seeking exemption from NEET for colleges," she said adding the exemption was only for a year.

Barring colleges, NEET has already been implemented for other institutes, the Union minister said.

In Puducherry, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said the Centre was inclined to accept a representation from on NEET.

Terming Sitharaman's remarks a "good news" Vijayabaskar said, "I thank Union Minister and Prime Minister Modi on behalf of and students."

Tomorrow morning the state ordinance seeking exemption from NEET would be submitted to the Centre. A secretary would be leaving for Delhi tonight and the ordinance would be promulgated after consultations with the chief minister, he said.

The state health minister said the was confident of the Centre's nod for the ordinance and under no circumstances had the Centre been "negative" about the proposal.

"We are seeking exemption only for seats in colleges and quota seats in self-financing colleges," he said, adding it was not sought for private institutes.

Vijayabaskar said care was being taken to ensure that the proposed move does not face any legal hurdles and the was confident of completing the admission process ahead of the month-end deadline.

In future, students would be well-prepared for NEET and the syllabus too would be oriented likewise, he said.

Leader of Opposition in Assembly hit out at the centre and state governments accusing them of "staging drama" on the issue and "betraying" students.

He said if the BJP-led at the Centre was truly interested in the welfare of students it should get presidential assent for the two Bills for permanent exemption of the state from NEET.

Actor Kamal Haasan, meanwhile, in a tweet, asked the state to "talk immediately" (with the Centre) on the NEET issue since the matter involved the future of students.

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First Published: Sun, August 13 2017. 19:07 IST