After President Pranab Mukerjee signed off on an ordinance staying NEET for this year, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister sent a letter to Prime Minister Modi thanking him for the ordinance.
The ordinance provides for exemption from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for the present academic year in respect of State Government seats at under graduate level. This has, for the time being, provided temporary relief to parents and students.
In her letter, Jayalalithaa said that while the Ordinance would temporarily address the issue for the current year, "Tamil Naduâ€™s situation is distinct and different from other states." Stressing the need for a level playing field, she said the state had already taken steps to implement the Tamil Nadu Admission in Professional Educational Institutions Act, 2006 Act.
Reiterating her stand, she said, "The introduction of NEET would be a direct infringement on the rights of the State and would cause grave injustice to the students of Tamil Nadu who have already been covered by a fair and transparent admission policy laid down by the Government of Tamil Nadu, which has been working well."
She called for necessary measures to be taken to ensure that Tamil Nadu is permitted to continue its "existing fair and transparent system" of admission to medical colleges and dental colleges in the State and not be forced to implement the NEET even in the future