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Tamil Nadu Medicos oppose common entrance test ( CET / NEET ) proposal

Members of the Tamil Nadu Medical Students’ Association have protested the proposed introduction of the National-Eligibilty-Cum-Entrance Test ( NEET / CET ) for admissions to MBBS and post-graduate medical courses from 2012.

From The Hindu : http://www.thehindu.com/education/issues/article2492836.ece

Tamil Nadu Medicos oppose common entrance test ( CET / NEET ) proposal

Tamil Nadu Medicos oppose common entrance test ( CET / NEET ) proposal

While the proposed aim was to integrate the various entrance exams being held all over the country into one single test to make it convenient for students, the move faces opposition from various States. While students can take the All-India entrance exams for various central medical colleges, each State has its own method of admitting students to medical courses. Tamil Nadu, for instance, has done away with entrance test, making do with a weighted average of main subjects in the class XII final examination.

Speaking to media persons today, representatives of the Association said having a single entrance test for admissions to all colleges would interfere with the State’s well-established system. Besides, it would put students from the State and Matriculation Boards at a definite disadvantage, while placing Central Board students at a better position.

They also expressed fears that by fixing a ‘minimum eligibility score,’ NEET would take away the benefits currently enjoyed by SC/ST/MBC and BC students, Kamaraj, Association member, said.

As far as Post Graduate NEET examination is concerned, service candidates who now enjoy a marginal advantage in recognition of their work in serving with the government would lose that edge.

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