Over 6,000 students to travel outside TN to write NEET

Over 1.10 lakh students from Tamil Nadu applied for NEET and more than 6,000 students were allotted centres outside the state, causing severe inconvenience to them. Representational image

More than 6,000 students from Tamil Nadu will travel to various cities in Kerala, Karnataka and Rajasthan to appear for NEET exam, to be held on Sunday.

The need arose after the Supreme Court imposed a stay on the Madras High Court's directive to the CBSE to set up additional exam centres in Tamil Nadu.

As a major political row erupted and Opposition parties accused the government of being a “mute spectator”, the AIADMK dispensation announced that it would reimburse second class train tickets to each student and one person accompanying him/her besides providing travelling allowance of Rs 1,000 to the students.

The government's announcement came after several organisations, individuals and political leaders like T T V Dhinakaran made separate arrangements to ensure that the students' journey is smooth. The government came under intense attack for not raising the issue of the requirement of additional NEET centres within the state.

Over 1.10 lakh students from Tamil Nadu applied for NEET and more than 6,000 students were allotted centres outside the state, causing severe inconvenience to them. While 5,371 students from the state will appear for the NEET examination in Kochi, the data regarding the number of students who have been allotted centres in Karnataka and Rajasthan was not available.

Students and their parents complained that they were being forced to travel several hundred kilometres to appear for an exam due to laxity of CBSE and the Union government. “When the applications were received, didn't they know that they would need more centres this time. How did they not plan properly? I reside in Chennai and my centre is in Kochi. I need to leave Chennai by Saturday afternoon and I will be wasting my crucial time travelling,” Saranya, a plus-2 student, said.

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