Centre turns down NEET exemption request of Tamil Nadu, Puducheery Government – The Central government has turned down the requests of the Tamilnadu as well as Puducherry government to grant the exemption to the students of these states from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for both the Postgraduate as well as the Undergraduate courses.
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ made this announcement while responding to a written request in Lok Sabha. Earlier, the state govts of these states had requested the Centre that they should be allowed to conduct separate Medical entrance exams in order to fill the medical seats.
While speaking in Lok Sabha, the Union HRD Minister stated that in India the Medical Education is identified under the purview of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare which had informed the Ministry that they had received requests from the govt of both Tamilnadu and Puducherry to exempt their students from appearing in NEET.
The Minister further stated that Section 10D of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes holding a uniform medical entrance exam which is NEET in the current scenario. As the provisions of this Act apply across the Country without any exception, therefore these two states were not granted any special relaxation.