The Central Government is planning to make NEET Exam mandatory for admission to agricultural courses from 2019.
This could be the last year for those aspiring for a seat in agricultural courses based on Class XII marks.
According to academicians, the Centre is planning to make the NEET 2019 mandatory for Agricultural Course Admissions
In 2018, the Centre has included veterinary sciences along with medical and dental courses. Engineering courses will remain outside the purview of NEET in 2018, confirmed higher education minister K P Anbalagan.
According to K Ramasamy, Vice-chancellor of Tamil Agricultural University, 13 agricultural courses were considered professional. In Tamil Nadu, there are 14 constituent colleges and 24 affiliated colleges that offer agricultural courses. Currently, a common entrance test is conducted by the Centre for 15% of the seats in all colleges.
Making NEET mandatory for agricultural courses has become a cultural shock to parents and students of Tamil Nadu. According to a senior academician – “Currently, girls are doing much better as 67% seats allotted in arts and science, 87% in agriculture and 70% in medicine are girls. So, money spent on their education and parents will be the most affected as they would want their children to pursue higher education.”
NEET being mandatory for agricultural courses could affect the number of students enrolling for the course.
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