The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday directed Tamil Nadu government to facilitate MBBS and BDS admission on the basis of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) merit list for the current academic year. The court, further, asked the state government to complete MBBS admissions by September 4, 2017 and dental by September 10. The admission committee, Directorate of Medical Education has released the Tamil Nadu MBBS 2017 merit list on August 23 and is expected top announce the counselling dates on August 24.
Earlier, on August 17, the apex court had put a hold on medical admission till August 22 asking the Medical Council of India and the state government to produce a balance ratio between the students who qualified NEET and state board students. That was after the Tamil Nadu government’s demand for exemption from NEET through the Ordinance mode. While the Ordinance was cleared by both the law and human resource ministry, it was stalled by the health ministry and referred to the Attorney General KK Venugopal.
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The state government had argued that NEET gives CBSE students an edge over state board students, especially, rural students from the state.
In May 2016, the Supreme Court had passed an order making NEET the single entrance examination for entry into MBBS and BDS programmes across the country with exceptions for few national level exams like AIIMS and JIPMER.
According to the data of Medical Council of India (MCI), candidates included in TN merit list will be allowed to participate in counselling for allotment of around 6000 MBBS and 1000 BDS seats in medical and dental colleges of Tamil Nadu.
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