Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has given his assent to the Bill, which provides 7.5 per cent reservation to students of government schools in medical courses.

The NEET quota bill provides 7.5 per cent horizontal reservation in undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine and homeopathy for government school students who have cleared NEET.

The new law will be applicable for students clearing the NEET exam

Explaining the decision, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had said on Thursday: "Of the 7,968 higher secondary schools in the state, 3,054 schools (38.32%) have been run by the government. Of the 8.41 lakh students in higher secondary courses, 3.44 lakh students (41%) were in government-run schools. Of the 5,550 medical seats in Tamil Nadu, 4,043 are of state quota. Of this, only 0.15 percent of seats have been given to students hailing from poor economic backgrounds who study in government schools."

The chief minister had stated that students from corporation schools, municipal schools, Adi Dravidar and tribal welfare schools, Kalla reclamation schools, forest department schools and other schools managed by the state government would benefit from this reservation.

The move will benefit over 300 poor students annually and will be implemented from this year onwards.