They opposed NEET but make the cut

Two of the five students who went as representatives of the State government to the Supreme Court against introduction of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) last year, have secured seats in government medical colleges this year.

A. Gopi has been admitted to the Chengalpattu Medical College and Nirmal Haripriyan to the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem.

Mr. Gopi had score of 1,163 in class XII, and 136 in NEET. The first to enter college in his family, he said, “I got veterinary science and would have joined as the fee is much lower. But my father insisted that I take NEET again. It was difficult as I did not have enough money for the fees. But my father put me through a residential coaching programme in Salem. Now that I have got a seat there is some relief.” He scored 387 marks this time in NEET.

The son of a farmer, he hopes that in the second round of counselling, he will get a seat in Salem or Coimbatore medical college, where the hostel fee is lower.

Mr. Haripriyan, the son of a retired sericulture inspector in Dharmapuri, had scored 134 in NEET last year and 1,166 in Class XII. “We thought NEET could be taken later and concentrated on Class XII scores,” he said.

They feel NEET should be deferred until the new syllabus is well understood by teachers and students.

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