Tamil Nadu Cabinet Approves 10% NEET Reservation. Tamil Nadu cabinet has approved the decision to give a 10% reservation to govt school students to take admission in govt medical colleges if they qualify NEET. The Tamil Nadu cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy has approved 10 per cent horizontal reservation for government school students who qualify National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, NEET. This was approved by the cabinet on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Study corroborating Chennai cabinet decision to give 10% reservation in NEET:
This approval by the cabinet was granted after Justice P Kalaiyarasan’s commission filed the study on why the admission numbers of students enrolled in government schools dropped into state’s medical colleges after the introduction of NEET.
Moreover, students from private schools do attend expensive coaching classes and this puts government school students on the back foot.
The move follows the submission of a report by a commission headed by former judge of the Madras High Court P. Kalaiyarasan, to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami last week. In March, the Chief Minister, while announcing his government’s move to set up such a panel, told the Assembly the reservation scheme would be for students who studied from class I to XII in government schools, corporation schools, municipal schools, Kallar reclamation schools and schools run by the Forest Department.
The Chief Minister had acknowledged that the entry of government school students into medical colleges went down drastically after the introduction of the NEET. To be chaired by the Chief Minister at the Secretariat, the Cabinet meeting will also take stock of the measures taken to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the State.