Hit by NEET, many Tamil Nadu students allotted centres in other states

Leroy Wright
May 5, 2018

For help, students and their relatives can contact association president Soundaranayagi (08696922117) and members Muruganantham (09790783187) and Bharathi (07357023549). "We are also holding talks with hostels and lodges to accommodate aspirants in Jaipur and in the five other NEET centres in this state - Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur", he said.

CBSE in a notice stated that the allotment of seats is done entirely with help of the computer.

The PIL submitted by advocate S. Kalimuthu Mylavan stated that though candidates preferred three examination centres of their choice while applying, they were allotted centres in other states. Many in the district wonder why the students were not given examination centre in Trivandrum which is easily accessible to Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari than Ernakulam While political parties have urged state government to make arrangements for the students, help has been pouring in from netizens in the state. District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla said volunteers at the help desks would guide candidates to the exam centres.

The petition also contended that most of the candidates who had applied were from rural areas and from poor families and may not be able to afford to stay in other states. The News Minute reported that the regional CBSE office in Chennai told the news portal that 5,371 students from Tamil Nadu will have to write the examination from centres in Ernakulam.

Hearing the plea, a division bench of Justices Huluvadi G. Ramesh and M. Dhandapani directed CBSE on 27 April to reallocate centres within Tamil Nadu. "Tamil Nadu government should bear the air travel and lodging expenditure of the students if it could not get the Union government to allocate centres within the state for students", he had said The PMK leader had alleged that allotting NEET centres for Tamil Nadu students in Rajasthan and Kerala was "social injustice".

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He said these students and one attendant travelling with him or her would be provided second class train fare and given an assistance of Rs 1,000 towards other expenditure. "Why can't they write from here?", he questioned. "The government should felicitate taking exams in the state".

DMK spokesperson Saravannan Annadurai said the Supreme Court decision is an "absolute shocker".

To ensure the smooth implementation of the scheme prepared by the CBSE for successful conduct of NEET, a power point presentation enumerating guidelines has been sent to all the centres. Last year, the medical aspirants fought a legal battle seeking exemption for the state from NEET.

Neet will be conducted on May 6 and 13 and about 26,725 students will be writing the exam across the country.

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