The centre has finally decided to exempt Tamil Nadu from the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses this year.

Speaking at an event on Sunday, August 13, in Chennai, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the State needed to pass an Ordinance seeking an exemption for one year, which should specify that the exemption was being provided to help rural students to get admission in government colleges.

'If the state government promulgates an ordinance asking for an exception for NEET this year, the Centre is ready to agree with that demand,' said Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 'Based on our interaction with the State, there is a difficulty for rural students in getting admission,' she further added. 

The state health minister Vijayabaskar confirmed that the state government would submit a draft ordinance in this regard to the Union government on Monday, August 14.

Tamil Nadu comprises of more than 90% students from the State Board, which makes it difficult for them to qualify the NEET which is entirely based on CBSE syllabus.

Tamil Nadu had curbed the practice of entrance examinations and granted admission to medical courses by the marks obtained in class 12. This was decided to help topper students from rural backgrounds who can't afford fees for coaching classes to prepare for entrance exams, reported NDTV.

The health minister assured the public that steps would be taken to revamp the state board syllabus to prepare the Tamil Nadu students for the national-level entrance test.