Tamil Nadu

Medical counselling to start on July 17

Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar said the Assembly had passed two Bills requesting the Centre to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET and both the bills are waiting for the President’s approval. “In the present circumstances, the State government has taken into consideration the concerns of parents and students and has taken steps to ensure that the representation of students from Tamil Nadu is not reduced,” he said.

When DMK MLA Mr. Thangam Thennarasu wanted to know whether the marks scored by the students in Plus Two examinations would be taken into account, Mr. Vijaya Baskar said that at present admission would be based on marks scored in NEET.

Mr. Ponmudi said the government should follow 69% reservation. Earlier Mr. Duraimurugan said NEET had caused great setback to Tamil Nadu and the future of the students in the State was dark.

4 lakh from State board

Explaining further at a press meet held later in the day, Mr. Vijaya Baskar said that this year, 4.2 lakh students had studied science with biology in the State Board stream, while there were 4,675 students from the CBSE stream. A total of 88,431 students appeared for NEET.

This would indicate that not more than 4,675 CBSE students — or not more than 5% of students — would have written NEET, while 95% would have been from the State board.

Therefore the division of 85% of seats for State board students had been made, he said.

Of the 3,050 seats in 22 government medical colleges as well as Raja Muthiah Medical College, 2,203 seats will be available to State board students.

From the seven non-minority private medical colleges, 65%, which is the government quota, amounts to 583 of the total 900 available seats. Of the 583 seats, 493 will be for State board students and 90 for other boards.

Of the three minority private medical colleges, 200 of the 400 seats are available in the government quota. Of these, 171 will be available for State board and 29 for other boards.

However, 1,650 seats from 10 deemed universities are not available for counselling, and the Directorate General of Health Services will hold counselling for them, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said.

Rank list soon

Application forms for medical colleges will be on sale from June 27th onwards. The All India NEET rank list is expected to be out in a few days. Counselling will start from July 17, the Minister and Mr. Radhakrishnan said. Counselling will be held for all seats of self-financing medical colleges too, including the management quota seats.

If, however, assent for the Bills passed is received before the date of declaration of the rank list, then admission for MBBS/BDS courses will be made on the Plus two/equivalent board of examination marks for the State quota seats.

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