Twelfth class board exams were canceled due to the epidemic and announced criteria for admission of students in Tamil Nadu colleges.
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It had requested the central government to cancel all national level entrance exams like NEETT just like the CBSE board exams. During his visit to the national capital, Subramaniam met Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed with him a number of issues related to Tamil Nadu, including NEET scrapping.
“During the discussion, when we presented our demands, retired Justice Ake Rajan explained the recommendations of the committee. The Union Minister assured to verify the demands,” Subramaniam later told reporters.
The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu last month formed a panel headed by retired high court judge AK Rajan to analyze whether the NEET is having an adverse effect on backward class students and if the committee advises the government to take remedial action.
It submitted the report on Wednesday, with Justice Rajan saying most presentations do not want NEET.
Explaining the background of the Supreme Court directive on NEET management, the chief told him that for the convenience of students in Tamil Nadu, four new cities – Chengalpattu, Birudhunagar, Dindigul and Tirpurpur – have been added for NEET management.
“Also, I shared with him that to meet the regional aspirations, the number of languages offered this year has been increased from 11 to 13, adding Malayalam and Punjabi. Tamil is already being tested,” the chief tweeted.
Regarding the PM’s explanation, Subramaniam said, “The main issue is not about NEET and syllabus management and examination centers. We said that NEET has committed suicide of 13 students (in TN).”
Subramanian added, the chief realized his Tamil Nadu concern that his own state of Orissa was facing problems because of the net.
Tamil Nadu was in favor of abolishing NEET and all the entrance exams at the national level during the epidemic were detrimental to the health and well-being of the students.
“The Tamil Nadu government may be allowed to fill all the professional seats, including the MBBSDS-AYUSH course, only on the basis of Class XII marks,” a memorandum issued to the chief by Subramanian said.
It further said that Tamil Nadu has a “consistent and considered opinion” that the basis for higher education admission in Class XII alone and “depriving opportunities for rural students conducting NEETs, most of whom study in their mother tongue and lack access to resources” ”
The abolition of the NEET is the election promise of the MK Stalin-led DMK which won the state assembly vote in April.
Subramanian, who later met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia, said he wanted 120 million doses of the covid vaccine for about six crore beneficiaries in Tamil Nadu.
The state has so far received about 1.70 crore Kovid vaccines.
“We told the Union Minister that we need 120 million doses of the vaccine to give two doses to 60 million people. He has promised to meet the requirements of the state,” Subramanian said.
During the meeting, he made 13 demands to the Union Health Minister, including speeding up the Maidurai AIIMS project and setting up a new AIIMS in Keimbatore.
The Union Minister told him that he would look into the matter.
He also responded positively to the state’s request for drugs for the treatment of black fungus and assured the state government of a rebate of Rs 800 crore for taking appropriate measures to prevent the third coronavirus wave.