Update on August 24, 2017: TN Medical Selection Committee has issued the tentative seat matrix for admission into MBBS and BDS courses for the academic session 2017-18. As per the seat matrix, total 2,652 seats are available in Government Colleges, apart from 804 seats in Self-financing colleges for the MBBS course. For BDS course, total 1,201 seats are on offer which includes 156 seats in Government colleges and 1,045 seats in Self-financing colleges.
Report from August 23: Tamil Nadu NEET rank list has been published by the DME Chennai. Directorate of Medical Education, Chennai has released the provisional NEET merit list 2017 for admission to MBBS and BDS courses offered by medical and dental colleges across the State of Tamil Nadu. In the Tamil Nadu NEET merit list meant for admission to government quota seats, total 27,212 students have been included. DME has also released another provisional merit list which features 18,040 students for management quota admissions. This NEET rank list also includes NRI quota seats.
Along with the NEET rank list list, DME has also published the NEET counselling schedule as the Hon’ Supreme Court directed the State to follow NEET exam to admit students in Medical & Dental courses. The counselling is set to commence from Thursday and will continue up to 30th August. Find the complete schedule of NEET counselling here.
In response to a recent ordinance sent by Tamil Nadu Government to Supreme Court, to exempt National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) from the state, the former in its latest verdict ordered the state to follow the National Eligibility Entrance Test. The court has rejected the ordinance and also directed the state to complete the counselling process before 4 September, 2017.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu Government had sent an ordinance to exempt the State from NEET examination, considering the implementation of the exam and argued that the test favours more to CBSE Board Students than the State Boards. The ordinance sent by the state was initially passed by the ministries of Law and HRD, in consultation with Attorney General KK Venugopal. However, looking at some past judgements made by Supreme Court on the matter, as stated by Health Ministry, the ordinance went back to Attorney General which eventually declared invalid.
Speaking on the matter, the health ministry wasn’t very pleased with the ordinance sent by Tamil Nadu government and argued that accepting the ordinance would lead to more trouble as the other states will also demand for the same. The Apex Court has directed the state to complete the admission process in the state as per the NEET Examination results at the earliest by 4th September.
Senior Advocate Nalini Chidambaram, the one who was representing students who had cleared the NEET 2017, seems pleased with the SC Verdict. “NEET has to be a basis for admission for now. Tamil Nadu has nothing else to argue if there is no ordinance. There is already a delay in admissions, so till September 4 they have been given time to conduct counselling. Any further appeal against NEET can be done to God,” Nalini told the media.
The medical aspirants had plead to State Government to select students for MBBS seats in the Government Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu and for the Government Quota Seats in Self Financing Private Medical Colleges and in Raja Muthiah Medical And Dental College, Annamalai University, Chidambaram for the academic year 2017-2018 only based on the merit list prepared as per results of NEET Examination, 2017.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the NEET on May 7, 2017 and the results were announced on June 23. The students can find Tamil Nadu NEET merit list from official website tnhealth.org and tnmedicalselection.org. For more information, follow ExamsWatch.com or comment below for queries.