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TN making efforts to get exemption for students from NEET: Minister

The Tamil Nadu government has made arrangements to provide free training to students to prepare them for NEET

education Updated: Jan 29, 2018 14:35 IST
The Tamil Nadu government has appealsed to the Centre to exempt students from the state from NEET examinations, education minister K A Sengottaiyan has said.
The Tamil Nadu government has appealsed to the Centre to exempt students from the state from NEET examinations, education minister K A Sengottaiyan has said. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Erode(TN): Tamil Nadu Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said on Sunday that the government’s policy was to get exemption from National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and it had been urging the Centre continuously to make the change.

“The state government’s policy is to get exemption from NEET. Continuous efforts are being made in this regard,” he told reporters here.

“We have already made an appeal to the Union government to exempt students of Tamil Nadu from NEET examinations,” the Minister said.

He said till the exemption is obtained, the state government has made arrangements to provide free training to students to face the exams, which is compulsory to qualify for admission to medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) courses.

About 412 centres would be started to train around 78,000 students to face NEET, he added.

Sengottaiyan further said from these 78,000 the best 2,000 students will be selected and provided ‘special’ coaching for NEET.

The Minister, who inaugurated a new CT Scan equipment at the Erode Government Headquarters Hospital installed at a cost of Rs 1.75 crore, said it would benefit patients from economically backward sections.