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TN govt opposes Centre's decision to conduct NEET twice a year

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore/Chennai 

The government today opposed the Centre's decision to conduct NEET twice a year, while the opposition DMK slammed for "creating confusion" over the exam for entry into medical colleges.

Minister K A Sengottaiyan said the state's stand was the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) should be conducted only once a year.

"We will take the matter to the notice of the (K Palaniswami) and further take it up with the (Narendra Modi) and the concerned," he told reporters at

He said students cannot appear for NEET twice in the same year as a "six-month period will be short."

had yesterday said that engineering and medical entrance exams JEE and NEET would now be conducted online and twice a year by the newly formed (NTA).

Responding to the announcement, DMK Working M K slammed the Centre for "creating confusion" over NEET everytime, and accused it of "shattering" the medical dreams of rural students.

He also reminded the Centre of the state's demand for an exemption from NEET and urged the Centre to ensure Presidential nod for two Bills on this issue.

said medical aspirants from rural areas, especially those from government schools, hardly had computers or knowledge about computers and wondered how the BJP government at the Centre did not factor in this point before deciding to conduct NEET online.

"The proposal to hold NEET online is a conspiracy to make medical education remain out of reach of rural students," the of Opposition in the Assembly said.

In order to ensure equality, the BJP government at the Centre should immediately withdraw the decision to hold NEET online and also get the President's approval for the two bills on NEET exemption, he said.

NEET has been a sensitive issue in Tamil Nadu, with political parties opposing it right from day one. The protests against NEET escalated following the suicide of an anti-NEET petitioner, S Anitha, last year, after she failed to clear the exam.

Recently, another girl had also taken the extreme step, allegedly over her failure to clear NEET.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 16:20 IST