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NEET 2021: Tamil Nadu to have 04 more centres

The move followed after State Health Minister met Union Education Minister and apprised him of the difficulties faced by TN students in writing NEET examinations

Friday July 16, 2021 11:27 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

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Chennai: The Government on Thursday announced 04 more exam centres in Tamil Nadu for National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) after the state Health Minister met Union Education Minister and apprised him of the difficulties faced by the students in the state.

Accordingly, Tamil Nadu will now have a total of 18 centres for the exam instead of the 14 in 2020. The exam will be held on September 12, 2021.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan said that Chengalpet, Virudhanagar, Dindigul and Tiruppur will be the new centres in addition to the 14 centres in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Ma Subramanian met the Union Education Minister on Thursday and apprised him of the difficulties faced by the students of the state in writing NEET examinations.

He had also handed over a copy of the Justice(Rtd) A.K. Rajan committee which was constituted by the state government to study on the impact of NEET on rural students.

The report which was finalised after taking opinion and inputs from the general public has said that a majority of people were opposed to the NEET examination and were of the opinion that this is creating an educational divide among the Urban elite students and those from the rural backgrounds.

The Madras High Court had earlier dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Tamil Nadu State General Secretary of the BJP, K. Nagarajan, that constituting a committee to study the impact of NEET was against the Supreme Court directive. The first bench of the Madras HC comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said that 'constituting a committee was well within the purview of the elected government and it does not amount to defiance'.

The Tamil Nadu health minister, who met Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi told IANS:

"It was a cordial meeting and we apprised him of all the apprehensions of the people of Tamil Nadu and the difficulties faced by the students of rural areas of the state.

"We also told him that 13 students had ended their lives after they were not able to qualify in the NEET exam and the minister promised us that he would look into our suggestions and that in his home state Odisha also, similar incidents had taken place."

However, the increase in the number of centres for NEET in Tamil Nadu makes it clear that the Union government would continue with the NEET exams in all the states, including Tamil Nadu.

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