In Tamil Nadu, the state has announced a reservation of 209 out of 4,049 state-quota seats for government school students who had previously cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020 under the 7.5 percent reservation norm. The Tamil Nadu government has passed the Government Order (GO) allocating the quota of seats reserved for government students after a substantial delay on part of the government. The Government Order read,
“The above horizontal reservation shall be provided in each category of vertical reservation followed in the State of Tamil Nadu within the 69% reservation from the academic year 2020-2021.”
C Vijayabaskar has announced 91 BDS seats for government school students making the total number of medical and dental seats 300. The new rule seeks to address the dwindling presence of government school students in TN medical and dental colleges. The quota seats lessened to 5 in 2017, 7 in 2018 and 0 in 2019 according to the data published by The New Indian Express.
“Many students will need help to apply for these admissions and will not have the exposure to pick the right college choices based on their marks and cut-off. So, we have asked district officials to approach the students and help them to apply,” commented a senior official of the School Education Department.
A total of 747 students from government schools had cleared the NEET 2020. About 3,553 students had attempted the test this year.
The 7.5 percent seats reserved for government students will be applicable for admission in BHMS, BAMS, MBBS, BDS and BUMS for the academic year 2020-21.