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The Tamil Nadu government has responded favourably to the Centre’s suggestion for a common entrance examination similar to National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for engineering admissions, a daily newspaper reported. On Thursday, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) suggested a single entrance examination model, like the NEET, for medical courses and has asked states to share their reviews.
Apart from Tamil Nadu, Kerala is the other state that has approved of AICTE’s decision, Times Now said. In March 2017, the HRD ministry had said that it may introduce a common engineering examination if the NEET model is successful. However, in August 2017, the AICTE dropped its plans of having a common entrance exam for engineering.
On 18 September, the Supreme Court had directed the Tamil Nadu government to prevent any agitation over the NEET exam issue in the state, where protests had intensified after the suicide of a Dalit medical aspirant. A student, Anitha, had committed suicide on 1 September, a week after the top court had ruled that medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu will be based on the national admission test. Her suicide led to widespread protests in Tamil Nadu with many protesters being detained.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to release the official notification for the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2018 application form in the last week of January.