Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to cancel the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021 this year due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation across the country.
“Conducting national level entrance exams for any professional courses would be immensely detrimental to the health and well being of students. I urge you to cancel the conduct of all national level entrance exams like NEET, as the same reasons adduced for cancelling the Class 12 board exams are equally applicable to entrance exams as well. Our state may be allowed to fill all professional seats including MBBS seats on the basis of Class 12 marks alone, as we have always emphasised,” Stalin wrote.
Recently, the Tamil Nadu government announced cancellation of class 12 state board examinations.
The decision was in view of the high prevalence of the second wave of COVID-19 in several parts of Tamil Nadu and also considering the chances of a third wave, the government said.
According to the reports, Education Ministry will soon review the Covid-19 situation to decide on the conduct of NEET 2021, and pending sessions of JEE Main 2021. As per the latest updates, NEET 2021 is scheduled for July and registrations will begin soon.