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85% quota for TN MBBS/BDS students challenged



85% reservation of TN MBBS/BDS of NEET, conflict in Madras High Court

On 22nd July, the Tamil Nadu government passed an order reserving 85% of the total MBBS/BDS seats in the state for the non-CBSE students, who had cleared NEET. This new policy has been challenged by a batch of CBSE students in Madras High Court.
The petition has been filed through advocate Murali Krishnan. The hearing has been scheduled on Thursday in the forenoon session. Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayanan will be presiding the hearing.
The petition has been filed after the government order limited the available seats for the CBSE students to a mere 15%.
The CBSE students who filed the case also wanted the court to pass an interim court to hold the counseling of UG medical seats. The counseling for admission, based on the NEET results, to the UG medical seats in the state, is supposed to be scheduled on 7th July. However, Justice Pushpa refused to pass the interim order without giving the state enough time to file its response. The state has to file the counter affidavit on 5th July.
According to the petitioners, the admission to medical courses is done on the basis of the provisions laid down by the Medical Council of India (MCI), according to the Indian Medical Council Act (IMCA). The MCI has stipulated that the marks obtained in NEET shall be used for admission in the medical courses. The merit list prepared on the basis of NEET marks does not differentiate between CBSE and the state board students. So, the government of Tamil Nadu cannot categorize students into any classification that is not approved by the MCI and provide reservation on the basis of the board.
The government made the order after discussing the fact that there are about 4.4 lakh state board students with biology in Tamil Nadu. On the other hand, CBSE students with Biology number a mere 4,220. Most of the NEET questions were from the CBSE syllabus. The state thought that the students of the state board were at a disadvantage. So, this 85 :15 ratio was made to help the students of the state board secure a seat.
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