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NEET: Tamil Nadu makes last effort for exemption from medical entrance test

Seeking an exemption from NEET on the ground that otherwise, it would affect the students of TN

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

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The Tuesday made the "final effort" in seeking an exemption for the state's students from the common nationwide medical entrance test, NEET, with its representatives taking up the issue with Union ministers J P Nadda and

State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, accompanied by Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, Union Health Minister Nadda and Union Minister of State for the Prime Minister's Office Singh in

An official release here recalled a series of meetings by ministers, including Chief Minister K Palaniswami, with Prime Minister and his colleagues on the issue over the last few days.

"Following these, as a final effort, Vijayabaskar Nadda and Singh to pressure them for an exemption for from the Entrance Cum Eligibility Test (NEET)," it said.

The minister was accompanied by Radhakrishnan, it added.

Tamil Nadu has been seeking an exemption from on the ground that otherwise, it would affect the students of the state.

Meanwhile, DMK working president demanded the resignation of Vijayabaskar for "bungling up" over the issue and "playing with the lives of students".

Alleging that the Palaniswami regime had "failed to protect the interests of the state board students", he asked the chief minister to call on Prime Minister and "exert pressure" to get the Presidential assent for two Tamil Nadu bills, seeking an exemption for the state from

He also said if that could not be done, "all the (the ruling party in Tamil Nadu) MPs should resign".

In February, the had passed two bills, seeking to pave the way for the continuation of the undergraduate medical admissions on the basis of the class 12 marks and exempt Tamil Nadu from the ambit of NEET.

The rival (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) faction, led by former chief minister O Panneerselvam, had also the prime minister over the issue.

The opposition parties have been upping the ante against the regime on the matter, with the DMK staging a human chain protest here last week to press for Presidential assent to the two Bills.

First Published: Tue, August 01 2017. 09:11 IST