Chennai: Even as the state government is undecided about the mode of admission to MBBS and BDS courses next year, the super schools in Namakkal and Erode districts are preparing the students to face NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) Exam and each school will train the medical aspirants for four to six hours a week.
These schools which are famous for sending a high number of students to MBBS courses were caught unawares last year because of the Supreme Court order in April which made the medical entrance test compulsory for MBBS courses.
Not taking any chances this year, the schools are conducting the NEET coaching classes during the weekends for last few months. “We are conducting weekly four-hour classes for our plus two students to face the NEET exam. They attend one-hour class on Saturdays and three-hour class on Sundays,” said P. Swaminathan, secretary, SRV schools in Namakkal and Tiruchi districts.
The schools also provide study materials and reference materials to the students. The schools also suggest giving some weightage marks to the exams. “NEET is only an eligibility test.
The students need to secure the eligibility marks alone. So, we are demanding that the admission to medical courses should be made based on the plus two marks among the eligible candidates,” he said.
The coaching institutions also are minting money using this opportunity. “The coaching institutions are charging from a minimum of `30,000 to a maximum of Rs 80,000 for NEET coaching,” another school principal said.
Greenpark school correspondent SPN Saravanan said, “We have provided the materials to the students and appointed separate staff to coach them. The coaching is going on in our school for last three months.”
He also said that all the 2,400 seats are only for Tamil Nadu students. The competition is only between the state board and CBSE students in the state. Other state students can only enter in the 15% All India quota.
S. Gunasekaran, managing director, Vidyaa Vikas education institutions, Tiruchengode, said, “We are planning to give the crash course to our students in addition to the weekend classes for the NEET exam.”...