NEET: Travel, lodging support pours in for Tamil Nadu students

NEET: TN man accompanying son dies in Kerala

The NEET UG 2018 dress code prohibits students from wearing anything with big buttons, brooch/badge, flower etc. The apex court stayed the Madras High Court order, however, it told CBSE to ensure proper arrangements are in place from next year onwards to allow students from Tamil Nadu to appear for the entrance exam within the state.

In a post-noon announcement on Friday after an uproar about the inconvenience, the state government announced free train tickets and a sum of Rs. 1,000 an aspirant. CPI (M)'s students wing SFI has opened help desk at bus terminus and railway stations in Kerala to guide the students to reach the examination centre without any hassle. For instance, Rajasthan Tamil Sangam in Jaipur has extended all possible help, including including transport, food and accommodation, to students who were allotted centres in Rajasthan.

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the Madras HC's direction to the CBSE to allot nearby exam centres for NEET.

Since the students have been left in the lurch, Twitter users chose to pool in to help underprivileged students who may not be able to travel to their centres in other states. However, this year the number of candidates have risen by 31%.

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said only CBSE students were allotted centres outside the state, reported The New Indian Express.

Despite being a NEET centre, students from Tirunelveli are forced to travel to the neighbouring state of Kerala for the examinations. "This is an injustice done to the students of Tamil Nadu".

S Lakshmi from Trichy said that she has been allotted a centre at Ernakulam in Kerala even though she had opted for Trichy, Madurai and Chennai as her choice of centres in the application. The board has allotted examination centres in other states to aspirants from TamilNadu. When they have to devote time to revise for the exams, they have to make arrangements to go to Rajasthan to take the test which will decide their future.

Across the political spectrum, there is widespread condemnation of the move of the authorities to force TN students to appear for NEET entrance test outside the state widely described as a step calculated to harass the student community of the state as also the state government that were against the NEET examination itself. Several individuals including film stars offered to sponsor the needy aspirants. We were able to accommodate all of them within the state.

According to TNM, NEET Director Sanyam Bharadwaj said, "this year the number of candidates have risen by 31%".

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