The Supreme Court declared that the ordinance could not be passed and has reportedly termed it "unfair" - a verdict that has come as a jolt to the Health and Family Welfare department of the TN Government who have lobbied for this exemption since time immemorial.
The top court was hearing a plea filed by six students from Tamil Nadu that the state government conduct counselling for the medical seats exclusively on the basis of the merit list prepared on the basis of NEET marks.
The Tamil Nadu government had earlier tried to safeguard the interests of the State Board students by issuing a government order reserving 85% of UG seats for them.
Medical college admissions across India are done on the basis of Neet scores. Further it also said that TN can not be exempted from NEET.
This came after the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), which was made mandatory for admission in the MBBS and the BDS courses across India a year ago, got separate petitions filed at the Madras and Gujarat High Courts, where medical aspirants demanded cancellation of the NEET 2017 as the Gujarati and Tamil medium paper were allegedly tougher than the English and Hindi medium. However, CBSE students took the matter to the Madras High Court which deemed it discriminatory and counter productive to the objective of the common entrance exam. During the resumed hearing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the Bench that the Centre was not inclined to allow Tamil Nadu to promulgate an ordinance to exempt the State from Neet. The reasoning was that majority students in Tamil Nadu, nearly 90 percent, study in the State Board, which makes it hard for them to compete in NEET since NEET is largely based on CBSE syllabus. "No", Justice Misra said, further adding, "Our motto has to be whatever we say or do, students who have laboured hard and appeared in NEET should not suffer". Furthermore CBSE students benefit from NEET as questions were based on CBSE syllabus. The ordinance was even created by Tamil Nadu and approved by the central government.