Chennai: Two bills passed by the Tamil Nadu assembly to exempt undergraduate as well as postgraduate students from writing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), have been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent.
The bill, which makes a state-specific amendment to the Indian Medical Council Act, 2016, was introduced in the Assembly on Tuesday and was passed after a debate.
The state government said the bulk of the students who would appear for the uniform entrance examination from Tamil Nadu come from rural areas and facilities for them to access coaching classes are not available due to paucity of funds and economic conditions in the areas they live in.
The syllabus, methodology and the content of the uniform entrance examination (NEET) is based on the syllabus prescribed for the CBSE which is different from that prescribed by the board of higher secondary examination in Tamil Nadu, the government noted. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought his government's nod for the Bill.