Tamil Nadu government passes bill for reservation of government school students in medical colleges

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The Tamil Nadu government unanimously decided to pass a bill that allows a 7.5 per cent horizontal reservation for government school students in medical colleges in the state. The admission will be granted on a preferential basis to students who have cleared the NEET 2020 exam.

As per the state government, this bill will benefit over 300 poor students every year and will be implemented this year itself. Piloting the Bill, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the AIADMK Government took a policy decision to implement this horizontal reservation based on the recommendation of a commission headed by retired High Court Judge P Kalaiyarasan.

According to a provision stated in the bill, Students who studied in government schools shall also be entitled to compete for the government seats, other than those set apart on a preferential basis, along with those who studied in private schools.

As per this new bill, students who have been studying in government schools from class 6 and have qualified the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be able to seek admissions to medical colleges.

Palaniswmi said, “The Cabinet gave its approval at the meetings held on June 15 and July 14, respectively and accordingly the Bill has been brought,”.